It was tears that brought Mr. Lee out of the tunnel of deep depression. I learned how to cry well while receiving counseling at the Hwaseong Mental Health Welfare Center (hereinafter referred to as the center), which I learned by chance. Here, there is a space where you can cry to your heart’s content without noticing others,’TT ZONE’. It is a place where we shed tears that we endured while watching videos or listening to music.
Mr. Lee said, “I saw a video of the’Mom Graduation Ceremony’ where my graduating daughter said,’Mom also lives the life of her mother’. I said.
● Middle-aged man stingy with tears “I want to cry too”Tizone opened its doors in September 2019. That year, 205 visitors. Last year, it closed in the first half of the year due to the spread of a novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19). In the second half of the year, 167 people visited it even though it was sparsely operated according to the stage of distance. Team leader Choi So-ra, who oversees the operation of the Civic Mental Health Experience Center, including TTI Zone, explained, “There is a strong perception of seeing sadness and tears negatively, but it was created to relieve these feelings healthy.” It is a middle-aged man who is likely to be stingy with tears. In 2018, Hwaseong City held a policy contest and came up with the idea, saying, “A middle-aged man needs a space where he can cry to his heart’s content.”
What is the reason Hwaseong City is highly interested in mental health services? Team leader Choi explained this way.
“With the creation of a new city in Dongtan, the demand for mental health services increased as the population increased rapidly. Not only are there young people, but there are also many retired families preparing for retirement. For migrants, everything is stressful, including transfers, moving, and job change. However, compared to various amenities, medical and welfare infrastructure is insufficient.”
In fact, there are 16 hospitals that can receive mental health treatment in Hwaseong-si, which is not enough compared to the size of the population (about 860,000 people).
●’Corona Blue’, the era of 1 million depressionIn Los Angeles, USA, there is an organization called’OURHOUSE’ that opened in 1993. This place introduces itself as the Grief Support Center. It’s a place that helps you accept sadness as a natural feeling and share it with your surroundings. For children, a’room of tears’ similar to the tea zone is also operated.
Ruikatsu, a Japanese private organization, gathers together to hold a tearful event. About 10 people gather at a time to see sad videos or listen to stories to relieve stress and depression. There were also jobs such as tear sommelier and tear therapist. That means that many people sympathize with the healing effect of tears.
There are over 200 mental health welfare centers nationwide. However, the threshold is still high for the general public. It is because of the mood that he is reluctant to openly open up his depression or mental health problems. Lee Hae-woo, head of the Seoul Mental Health and Welfare Center, said, “It is important to accurately recognize changes in your emotional state or stress, and seek external help as soon as possible.”
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