How Guyana is trying to combat its high suicide rate
Chattering amiably, heads bent over plugs and wires, enthusiasm among students in the electrical installation class is palpable.
The bright welcoming venue, framed by rice paddies, looks the picture of pastoral contentment. But behind its creation lies an unsettling reality.
This upbeat community centre was built to address the devastating number of suicides both here on the scenic Essequibo Coast – and in Guyana itself, which holds the dubious distinction of the highest suicide rate in the world.
World Health Organization figures claim 44.2 in every 100,000 Guyanese take their own lives, compared to a global average of 16. [Read more]