Shinhwa’s Kim Dongwan Gives Honest Thoughts About Mental Illness And The Entertainment Industry

Kim Dongwan speaks up about his thoughts.

Shinhwa‘s Kim Dongwan posted a message on his Instagram that caught the attention of many people.

With recent news of Sulli‘s passing, the entertainment industry has been in a state of grief. Kim Dongwan revealed his honest thoughts regarding mental illness and the entertainment industry.


When athletes encounter a ligament injury, there will always be the recommendation to go through surgery even if it is something that can be treated through rehab and therapy. It is recommended because the time spent during rehab is also during the term of the contract. With more and more celebrities and media emerging, there are more things that are forced on each other. There are too many adults expecting these young kids to stay healthy and smile even though they are not able to eat what they want or sleep comfortably. They want them to be sexy, but not too sexy, tough, while not fighting with someone. I’ve thought about all the younger generation in this industry, running after money and dreams, even if it brought mental illness. There have been many essays and reports on the side effects of using psychotropic drugs. Using drugs as an easy solution to problems should not be overlooked. Large-scale companies should not overlook the fact that their complacent actions can act as a host to this infectious disease.


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운동선수들이 인대 부상을 입는 경우 보존치료나 재활만으로 회복이 가능한 케이스라 해도 대부분 후유증을 감내하고 수술을 권유받습니다. 부상 뒤의 치료 기간 또한 계약 기간에 포함되어 있기 때문이죠. _ 더 많은 매체들과 더 많은 연예인들이 생겨나면서 서로에게 강요받는 것들이 많아지고 있습니다. 어린 친구들이 제대로 먹지 못하고, 편히 자지도 못하는 상황에서도 건강하고 밝은 미소를 보여주길 바라는 어른들이 넘쳐나고 있습니다. 섹시하되 섹스하지 않아야 하고, 터프하되 누구와도 싸우지 않아야 하는 존재가 되길 원하고 있죠. _ 많은 후배들이 돈과 이름이 주는 달콤함을 위해 얼마만큼의 마음의 병을 갖고 일할 것인가를 고민하고 있습니다. 향정신성의약품이 얼마나 ‘간편하고 빠른 일’인지, 얼마나 ‘많은 부작용과 후유증’을 갖고 있는지, 수많은 논문과 보고서가 말해 주고 있습니다. 본인이 원해서 혹은 빠른 해결을 위해 약물을 권유하는 일을 더 이상 방관해서는 안 됩니다. 대형 기획사들의 안일한 대처는 접촉 없이도 퍼지게 될 전염병의 숙주가 될 수 있다는 걸 간과해서는 안 될 것입니다.

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Fans showed support in his message and hoped that more idol members would post honestly about this issue.


Fans and celebrities are all deeply saddened by the news of Sulli’s passing. It is up to everyone to help one another and prevent another tragedy from happening.


Source: theqoo