If you are looking to inform and educate yourself on the intricacies of emotional well-being, watching K-dramas about mental health is a good place to start. Park ShinWoo, director of cult-favourite It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, famously remarked, “We are all crazy in one way or another,”, and his words find deeper gravitas in K-dramaland, where stories are budding with nuanced explorations of what goes on in someone’s inner sanctuary and how easily they can be written off by the world as crazy for not following the norm. Here are 7 must-watch K-dramas about mental health that explore the fragile human condition with the care that it deserves:
It’s Okay To Not Be Okay (2020)
When the caretaker of a psychiatric ward (Moon GangTae played by Kim SooHyun) is thrown in the path of a sociopathic children’s author (Ko MoonYoung played by Seo YeJi), long-buried emotions are bound to get excavated. Which is what the show proceeds to do in a decidedly unhurried manner, from autism to inherited trauma.