Guyana: mental illness, witchcraft, and the highest suicide rate in the world.

“Mental illness is misunderstood in the country, with symptoms often mistakenly attributed to witchcraft (known locally as obeah). Communities often ostracise sufferers, and on occasion have physically assaulted them, at times with the endorsement of religious leaders, who are highly respected figures.”

Read more at The Guardian.

Feature image by flickr user Scot Nelson, licensed under Creative Commons. 

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