New tvN and Netflix K-Drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay Tackles Mental Health

New tvN and Netflix K-Drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, starring Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Yea-ji, tackles mental health and relationships 

Trina Dong

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: June 25th, 2020 4:33 pm pst

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The new tvN and Netflix series, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, has completely exceeded our high expectations. The romantic drama follows Moon Kang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun), a psychiatric facility caretaker, and Ko Moon-young, a striking and twisted children’s book author, as their paths cross throughout a dark fairytale. 

The story relies heavily on Kang-tae’s continued efforts to take care of everyone on and off the clock. While at the hospital, he acts with urgency using his instincts in order to calm his patients and keep everyone safe. It’s clear that he’s the empath of his surroundings, which almost guarantees that we’ll soon find out he has many of his own troubles. 

Kang-tae has sacrificed his personal life to take care of his autistic older brother, Moon Sang-tae (Oh Jung-se). We quickly learn that Kang-tae’s contentness relies primarily on Sang-tae’s happiness. Their relationship is strong, but it can be easily weakened in disruptive situations. Should those occur, Kang-tae has all of the right tools to overcome them. 

Meanwhile, Moon-young takes on her life independently and with almost zero empathy for anyone around her. While she lives with antisocial personality disorder, we’re slowly putting together that she has a lot of trauma from her childhood. Moon-young rarely says the right thing, because she doesn’t care to, but we have to give her credit for always holding her own. 

Don’t worry, it’s not all dramatics! Jo Jae-soo (Kang Ki-doong), Kang-tae’s best friend, gives us just enough comedic relief to handle everyone else’s messes. Jae-soo sticks by Kang-tae’s side to help him not always have to do everything on his own. Everyone needs a Jae-soo in their lives. 

Now, for the love story! Moon-young and Kang-tae are polar opposites. We have a lot of questions about this pair. Do we want Kang-tae to be with such a selfish person? Yes, because maybe he’ll make her better? No, because he deserves only the best in return?! What are we going to think?!

We couldn’t be more excited to find out what happens to all of these characters. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is more than just a title, it’s an important proclamation to understand. This show is taking on mental health in a way for us to see life through other people’s eyes and hopefully will teach a lesson or two in empathy. 

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Trina Dong is a host and writer at AfterBuzz TV. She’s also an actress and screenwriter that can likely be found binge watching anything from the latest K Drama to Floribama Shore.

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