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By MWB Desk

3 Netflix K-Dramas that deal with mental health

You may have heard k-drama fans refer to their favorite shows as therapy, and this has seen a spike in the last two years. And now it seems like they’re on to something, as new research reveals that k-dramas may actually be useful in therapy to help promote personal growth and prompt conversations about mental health. Since we’re all about that feel-better life, here are three k-dramas trending on Netflix that are enjoying particular attention for dealing with mental health.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Korean: 사이코지만 괜찮아) is a 2020 South Korean television series written by Jo Yong and directed by Park Shin-woo

It’s Okay not to be Okay

Even if you’re not into k-drama, you knew this would make it to the list. With multiple nominations and several awards both in South Korea and in America, the series, a puzzle-box mystery, which is largely set inside a psychiatric hospital and features three protagonists with shared trauma, created a buzz with its insightful dealing of mental health issues. From suspense, to horror, to romance, and the occasional light-hearted moment, this show has everything.

Tomorrow is a 2022 South Korean television series directed by Kim Tae-yoon and Sung Chi-wook, starring Kim Hee-sun, Rowoon, Lee Soo-hyuk and Yoon Ji-on

Tomorrow

Fans of mythical dramas like Goblin should definitely check out this drama about a group of grim reapers. Rather than leading souls to the afterlife, the reapers of Tomorrow are part of a crisis management team meant to save those who want to die. The series goes into some really heavy territory about the various social factors, like bullying, unemployment etc, that can impact someone’s mental well-being, and finds an empathetic, heartwarming way to discuss these issues.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo is a 2022 South Korean television series starring Park Eun-bin in the title role, along with Kang Tae-oh and Kang Ki-young

Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Woo Young-Woo was the top graduate of her class for both undergrad and law school at Seoul National University, with a 164 IQ and a creative thought process. However, living with Asperger’s syndrome makes social interactions difficult when she starts her first real job at a major law firm. The show, with its meme-able moments, quirky, relatable cast, and excellent OST has amassed a legion of fans, and the buzz doesn’t seem like it’s dying anytime soon.

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