Ever since South Korea became more of an economic power, the pressures of getting into school and not being a financial burden have driven many people to suicide. In fact, about 40 people die of suicide every day in the small nation.
One of the most bizarre ways to combat this is through the use of "Death Schools," where suicidal patients sit in coffins and think about the impact that their deaths would have on themselves and their families. It may sound overly dramatic, but many believe that the treatment has given people a new way to rethink committing suicide.
As the students sit in their coffins, they are photographed and asked to write farewell letters to their friends and family, which they read aloud to the class.
Then, the "angel of death" comes and closes the coffin, at which point they contemplate life for ten minutes.
When they emerge, many students feel that they no longer want to commit suicide.
The two groups most affected by suicidal thoughts are students who overwork themselves in school in order to get good jobs, and the elderly who fear that they burden their children too much. The exercises show them that their lives have value.