The South Korean government is reaching out to almost 400,000 South Koreans aged 19 to 39 who live a very isolated life. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family plans to provide up to 650,000 Korean won (about $500) per month to reclusive lonely young people aged 9 to 24 living in a household earning below the median national income. As 40% begin their isolation in adolescence, young people are specifically targeted as part of the larger Youth Welfare Support Act. The report also detailed plans for further action, such as distributing guidelines to local governments, boosting youth social safety nets and early detection systems, and working more closely with youth welfare facilities like shelters or rehabilitation centers. Seoul, the country’s capital, already has a “Reclusive Youth Support Project” that provides mental health counseling, hobby development and work training, and life coaching for isolated young people.

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