🔌EV Charging. Suicide Rates. Student Mental Health.

Chart of the Day #29 looks at EV Charging, Student Mental Health Support and Suicide Rates by Country.

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Rowan Atkinson has been blamed for poor sales of electric cars in a report by the House of Lords. An article he wrote for The Guardian magazine, which encourages driving older internal combustion engine cars for longer as opposed to purchasing new EVs, is said to have damaged public perceptions of EVs. The French Government suspended an electric car leasing scheme after six weeks due to excess demand that doubled the number of needed vehicles.

Today's Topics

  • 🔌 EV Charging. DC High Power for Public, AC for Private EV Charging
  • 😔 Suicides. Lithuania Leads Male Suicides, South Korea Leads Female Suicides
  • 🧑‍🎓 Student Mental Health. <40% of Latin American Countries Recruit Support for Student Mental Health

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🔌 DC High Power for Public, AC for Private EV Charging

Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption surged in 2022, but charging infrastructure lagged, spurring a rise in charger installations. Private setups favor AC chargers, which are more compact and comparatively economical but have longer charge times and are suitable for overnight charging. Public setups, however, prefer DC high-power chargers, which are more expensive and bulky but ideal for high-traffic public locations where fast charging is crucial. Recently, hybrid chargers (AC and DC options) have been gaining traction, which can potentially bridge the gap between affordability and speed.

😔 Lithuania Leads Male Suicides, South Korea Leads Female Suicides

Lithuania had the highest male suicide rate in 2020 at 35.9 suicides per 100,000 people, while South Korea had the highest rate for females at 14.9. This has been a persistent issue for Lithuania and its neighboring countries; however, rates have fallen since their peak in the 1990's. Although causal factors are difficult to determine, demographics, alcohol consumption, and climate temperatures are factors that could be linked to mental health issues.

Generally, men have higher suicide rates than women. Job loss and financial stress can disproportionately affect men, increasing their vulnerability to suicide. Masculine expectations, which hinder help-seeking, mental health stigmas, and a preference for more lethal methods like firearms contribute to higher completion rates. To combat this, proactive efforts such as destigmatizing mental health, promoting healthy expressions of masculinity, expanding accessible services for men, and addressing specific risk factors like economic hardship and social isolation are crucial.

🧑‍🎓 Less Than 40% of Latin American Countries Recruit Support for Student Mental Health

Less than half of Latin America and the Caribbean countries recruit specific personnel to support students' mental health in pre-primary (20%) and primary to upper secondary education (31%). Factors such as limited resources due to economic constraints, competing national-level priorities, limited public awareness, and cultural stigmas preventing help-seeking contribute to this issue. Moreover, the shortage in medical professionals specializing in mental health with adequate knowledge and training further complicates efforts. Efforts to bridge these gaps, including increased funding for training and anti-stigma campaigns, are already underway to create a supportive environment for all students.


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