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Squid Game[1]--Mental Health Resources for Triggering Topics[edit | edit source]

Squid Game (Hangul: 오징어 게임, Romanization: Ojing-eo Geim) is a South Korean television drama created by Hwang Dong-hyuk for Netflix. Named after a common but often violent South Korean children’s game, Squid Game portrays 456 contestants, all of varying backgrounds but all facing deep financial turmoil, desperately trying to win the significant sum of cash held in a tank above the room in which they sleep[2]. Early on, however, the contestants realize they have become involved not in a simple game, but rather in a battle for survival.

Quickly ascending to international fame, the show is popular for its high-stakes, action-packed plot, emotionally compelling moments, and complicated characters. However, the violence displayed and heavy topics covered are likely to leave many viewers rattled, and may even recall to mind personal traumas and negative emotions for some. Many potentially triggering topics, including but not limited to suicide, terminal illness, and physical violence, are portrayed in the drama. Unfortunately, the show does not follow up on the troubling topics shown with education regarding resources or support opportunities.

Passionate about promoting better, more accessible mental health support, our team, a subgroup of the group Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS), has worked to compile applicable resources to address the various triggering topics incorporated throughout the show. If you have viewed Squid Game or plan to view it in the future and feel affected by the themes included in the drama, please feel free to seek support and resources through the links compiled below.

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Each episode block contains a list of a number of triggering topics displayed in the show. Please note that there may be many triggering topics that were not included on this page. Some themes recur throughout the series, and may therefore be listed in more than one episode. In such cases, the repeat-occurrences of a theme will not have content in the corresponding box, but instead the triggering topic itself will be linked so that you will be redirect to the information corresponding to the first instance.[edit | edit source]
Episode 1: "Red Light, Green Light" (Mugunghwa Kkoch-i Pideon Nal 무궁화 꽃이 피던 날)[3]
Joblessness/Employment Difficulties About unemployment
Financial Trouble
Gambling Problems National Problem Gambling Helpline Network (1-800-522-4700)

Symptoms of problematic gambling

Treatment options

Gamblers Anonymous

Physical Violence
Terminal Illness Wikipedia
Domestic Abuse Women's shelters servicesNational Domestic Violence HotlineForms of domestic abuse
Physical Abuse
Gun Violence Call 1-866-SPEAK-UP to report threats of violence
Mass Casualty/Trauma
Episode 2: "Hell" (Ji-ok 지옥)[4]
Financial Distress
Chronic Illness
Living Uninsured Health insurance coverage in the United States
Medical Expenses Medical debt
Housing Instability
Foster Care/Orphanage Foster care in the USChildren's Aid Society
Separation from Family
Suicide Risk factors of suicideSuicide preventionInterventionsRisk assessment of suicideSupport organizations
Divorce/Custody Issues Forms of child custodyChildren's rightsTypes of divorce in courtAlimony in different countries
Episode 3: "The Man with the Umbrella" (Usan-eul Sseun Namja 우산을 쓴 남자)[5]
Episode 4: "Stick to the Team" (Jjollyeodo Pyeonmeokgi쫄려도 편먹기)[6]
Food Insecurity
Organ Trafficking
Mass Violence
Memory Impairment/Illness
Relational Abuse
Episode 5: "A Fair World" (Pyeongdeung-han Sesang 평등한 세상)[7]
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Workplace Injury and Repercussion
Episode 6: "Gganbu" (Kkanbu 깐부)[8]
Acculturation Problems
Witnessing a Crime
Episode 7: "VIPS"[9]
Sexual Harassment/Assault
Sexual Coercion/Rape
Workplace Sexual Harassment/Assault
Episode 8: "Front Man" (Peulonteu Maen 프론트맨)[10]
Significant Injury
Episode 9: "One Lucky Day" (Unsu Joeun Nal 운수 좋은 날)[11]
Losing a Friend
Losing a Family Member
Terminal Illness/Dying

Accessing Mental Health Support[edit | edit source]

If you are struggling with your mental health, please do not hesitate to seek help. Below are some resources to help you find professional mental health support.

Resource Description
APA Psychologist Finder This service provided by the American Psychological Association (APA) allows you to search for Psychologists in your area. You can also search for a Psychologist by their name or the name of their practice. Your search may yield:

-the names of local Psychologists

-whether or not they accept insurance as well as which types

-whether or not they are currently accepting new patients

-whether or not Telehealth is available

-the address of their practice

Psychology Today Psychiatrist Finder
Find a CBT Specialist
Find a Psychodynamic Specialist
Find a Humanistic Specialist

Who Can Help Me?[edit | edit source]

When seeking mental health support, you may be overwhelmed by the numerous types of mental health professionals you can seek help from. Below are summaries of the primary types of professionals that may be offering mental health services in your area. Please note that availability, finances, or other factors may impact which professionals you can receive support from.

Title Description
Clinical Social Worker
Mental Health Counselor
Psychologist (Clinical or Counseling)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

See Also[edit | edit source]

  1. "Squid Game". Wikipedia. 2022-02-13. 
  2. "Squid Game". Wikipedia. 2022-02-23. 
  3. "Squid Game". Wikipedia. 2022-02-13. 
  4. "Squid Game". Wikipedia. 2022-02-13. 
  5. "Squid Game". Wikipedia. 2022-02-13. 
  6. "Squid Game". Wikipedia. 2022-02-13. 
  7. "Squid Game". Wikipedia. 2022-02-13. 
  8. "Squid Game". Wikipedia. 2022-02-13. 
  9. "Squid Game". Wikipedia. 2022-02-13. 
  10. "Squid Game". Wikipedia. 2022-02-13. 
  11. "Squid Game". Wikipedia. 2022-02-13.