Social Determinants of Inuit Health

The circumstances in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, are known as the social determinants of health. These factors have a large impact on our overall well-being and play a critical role in suicide prevention. Social determinants of health can vary from one culture and society to another. The social determinants of Inuit health include:

  • Quality of Early Childhood Development
  • Culture and Language
  • Livelihoods
  • Income Distribution
  • Housing
  • Personal Safety and Security
  • Education
  • Food Security
  • Availability of Health Services
  • Mental Wellness
  • Environment

Clear evidence links social disadvantage, such as living in poverty and not getting enough to eat, to higher rates of suicide. Addressing these underlying causes of social inequity, are necessary to prevent suicide and will also improve many other areas of Inuit life.

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

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