Students suffering from anxiety and depression in South Korea face a lack of affordable mental health support. Their solution? Therapy sessions over popular video-calling app Skype.

The service is particularly valued by international students, who may struggle to transition to life in the south-east Asian country but find a lack of mental health support available to them, especially in the English language. The counselling services that do exist cost $75 per session on average – compared to just $40 online.

Not just international students that are struggling

South Korea has second-highest suicide rate of any sovereign nation, and suicide is the primary cause of death for South Koreans aged between 9 and 24 – but the country still has a major stigma attached to mental health.

Some universities are implementing free counselling services in Korean and English, but provision and awareness of these services often remains poor.

Read more on this story from the South China Morning Post.