Reducing Suicide Among Inuit

Suicide prevention among Inuit communities requires a shared national, regional and community-wide response. Evidence shows that taking a holistic approach that reduces suicide risk, while increasing protective factors is an effective way to prevent suicide.
Create Social Equity.

Suicide is an expression of wider social and health disparities. Addressing social inequity through the social determinants of health, including
early childhood development, income distribution, housing and others, will address the underlying causes of suicide.

Create Cultural Continuity.

The strength and vibrancy of our language and culture is a cornerstone of Inuit well-being, yet many Inuit do not have access to this source of strength, even when they are in crisis and need support. Being able to access our rich heritage, including culturally safe services and care is imperative for suicide prevention.

Nurture Healthy Inuit Children.

Children who grow up in safe, nurturing and predictable environments have a foundation for healthy lifelong growth and development and are more likely to live healthier, happier lives with a reduced risk for suicide. Investing in the safety and wellness of children is the most impactful way to prevent suicide.

Increase Access To Mental Wellness Services.

Many gaps exist in critical, culturally-relevant services that support mental wellness among Inuit. A continuum of mental wellness services is needed to ensure Inuit impacted by trauma and adversity are provided with the proper supports.

Educate and Health Unresolved Trauma And Grief.

Unresolved trauma and grief can create lasting distress and contribute to suicide risk. To reduce suicide, it is necessary to address unresolved trauma and grief, including the impacts of historical trauma stemming from colonization and rapid social change.

Mobilize Inuit Knowledge.

Inuit knowledge is a source of strength that can build resilience and contribute to suicide prevention. Inuit regions, communities and local organizations must lead the development and implementation of suicide prevention initiatives.

Risk Factors

Risk factors increase a person’s chance of illness or death. They can come from the environment, an experience, a behaviour, something inherited, or an unknown cause.
Learn More About Risk Factors

Protective Factors

Protective factors decrease a person’s chances of illness or death. Protective factors can come from the environment, an experience, a behaviour, an inherited characteristic, or an unknown cause.
Learn About Protective Factors

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

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