Protective Factors

People who experience stressful life situations react differently depending on their coping skills and the support and help they receive from their family and community. Protective factors are experiences, behaviours, or an inherited characteristic. They can support positive outcomes for people who experience stressful events and challenging difficulties in their lives, acting as a buffer against suicide.
Social Equity

Creating equitable economic, education, health, and other resources, will relieve some major stressors and improve suicide risk.

Cultural Continuity

Instilling a strong and grounded sense of Inuit culture, history, and language through networks of support can reduce the risk of suicide.

Healthy Development

Providing a safe, nurturing, and predictable environment for children is one of the most significant factors to protect against suicide risk.

Mental Wellness

Accessible, Inuit-specific mental health services that provide support and identify individual needs can help address suicide before risks multiply.

Coping With Acute Stress

Providing individuals with access to social supports and resources that help them regulate and cope with distress helps protect against suicide.

Family Strength

Providing children with safe environments that nurture social and emotional development will protect against other adversities.

If you are thinking about suicide, you are not alone.

Call the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Line immediately.