SKKU Professor Jeon Hong-Jin of the Psychiatry College was appointed as a director of the Korean Psychological Autopsy Center (KPAC) which is being commissioned by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Jeon HongJin has worked as a professor at the SKKU Mental Health College since 2009 and was also appointed as a director of Seoul Samsung Hospital in 2010, which belongs to SKKU. When professor Jeon started working at Seoul Samsung Hospital he was deeply interested in researching potential causes of depression and suicide. Professor Jeon participated in the ‘2017 Psychological Autopsy System Establishing Executing Organization Contest Exhibit’, and the participation helped him to gain the qualification required to become a director of the KPAC. The KPAC was established on the basis that there would be a possibility that suicides can happen when judgments are not mentally complete. The center has a goal to investigate the cause of suicides objectively by using the method of psychological autopsy, and deliver it to the family of the deceased to relieve their resentment and understand the departed better. A psychological autopsy is the psychological method of investigating the cause of suicide based on personality, behavioral traits, psychological actions over a certain period, and personal condition before he or she committed suicide. The importance of psychological autopsies has been rising since an amendment to the legislative bill holding legal regulations for psychological autopsies was passed through the national assembly in January 2017. By amending the legislative bill, the government, and local governments have a duty to arrange the legal basis for psychological autopsy. Professor Jeon was appointed as director on February 3.
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