How HYBE Looks After Their Trainees’ Mental Health

“If they need it, we give them a long break or run a counseling center so they can get help.”

In the competitive world of K-Pop, the well-being of trainees is a top priority for HYBE, Shin Seon Jeong, the company’s head of T&D, says. Recognizing the mental pressures faced by aspiring idols, the company has implemented various measures to ensure the mental health and overall well-being of its trainees. Recently, the head of Training & Development at HYBE shed light on the company’s proactive approach to supporting their trainees during challenging times.

BTS | Vogue Korea

Shin acknowledged that trainees often experience significant mental pressure, particularly stemming from uncertainties about their future prospects and self-doubt regarding their skills. HYBE understands these challenges and actively works to help trainees cope with such moments.

When trainees find themselves in need, HYBE provides them with extended breaks, commonly referred to as “hiatuses,” allowing them time to rejuvenate and prioritize their mental health. Additionally, the company offers access to professional counseling services for trainees to seek guidance and support during difficult periods. By recognizing the importance of mental well-being, HYBE ensures that their trainees have the necessary resources and assistance available to them.

There is anxiety that comes from the uncertainty of debut. Also, there are times when disappointment in one’s performance leads to self-blame, which can be difficult. often lead to self-pity. If they need it, we give them a long break or run a counseling center so they can get help.

— Shin Seong Jeong

The K-Pop giant takes a proactive approach to mental health by appointing a professional psychiatrist who conducts therapy sessions with trainees on a weekly basis. These sessions provide a safe and confidential space for trainees to express their thoughts, emotions, and concerns while receiving expert guidance and support. The availability of regular therapy sessions underscores HYBE’s commitment to nurturing the mental well-being of their trainees.

We also have a professional psychiatrist that holds therapy sessions with our trainees once every week.

— Shin Seon Jeong

LE SSERAFIM’s Yunjin during the group’s pre-debut documentary. | HYBE LABELS/YouTube

In addition to professional services, HYBE also prioritizes cultivating a supportive environment for their trainees. Through open communication channels, trainees are encouraged to voice their concerns and seek guidance from staff and mentors who understand the challenges they face. This collaborative approach fosters a sense of belonging and enables trainees to navigate their training journey with a strong support system.

BTS’s Jungkook during a vocal practice pre-debut. | BANGTANTV/YouTube


By providing extended breaks, access to counseling services, and regular therapy sessions, the company aims to ensure that trainees have the support they need to overcome mental pressures and thrive in their pursuit of becoming successful artists. While no organization is without its flaws, HYBE’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for trainees is a positive step toward fostering their well-being within the demanding K-pop landscape.

Source: Joong Ang Ilbo