The Death of SHINee’s Main Singer Due to Mental Illness

Written by Samiyah Nurhashimah

SHINee fans are shocked by the death of Kim Jong Hyun where he was found dead in his rented flat in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul. The death of 27 year old celebrity is believed due to mental illness based on the note that has been written by Kim Jong Hyun, which he wrote that “I’m broken from the inside” and “The depression that has slowly eaten away at me has finally consumed me, and I couldn’t beat it”.

Mental illness is known as a condition that could affect your mood, thinking and behaviour. Those who are having mental illness might have the symptoms of feeling sad and confused thinking. According to National Alliance on Mental illness (2017), one in 5 adults experienced a mental health condition every year and one in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia. Looking at the statistics issued, it shows that mental health is an alarming to our society to take care of those who are in depressed situation.

The death of celebrities who committed suicide due to depression has been reported many times before such as Chester Bennington, Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain and the latest one is Kim Jong Hyun. Mental illnesses are usually caused by environmental stresses, genetic, biochemical imbalances, or any combination of these. Suicide could also be reflected on individual’s profound feeling of helpless where they could not cope with the demand of life. It requires proper care and treatment for those who are facing from mental illness.

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According to Mental Health America sources, those who are having mental illness would show these symptoms as per below:

  • Confused thinking
  • Sadness or irritability
  • Feeling of extreme highs and lows
  • Excessive fears, worries and anxieties
  • Social withdrawal
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Strong feeling of anger
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Numerous unexplained physical ailments
  • Substance use

This situation could be prevented by paying attention to those who are having mental illness symptoms. The least we can do is by giving moral support, having open and honest discussion and showing your concern to those who are involved in this situation. People should be aware of these signs of mental illness in order to prevent the number of suicide from increasing from day to day.

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