Between 1980 and 2018 Greenland has had one of the highest suicide rates in the world with an average rate of 96 suicides per 100.000 person-years. The aim of this study is to investigate suicide rates in Greenland according to age, birth cohort, period, sex, place of residence and suicide method from 1970 until 2018. […]
BACKGROUND: Suicide is a tremendous public health issue and worldwide the second leading cause of death among young people. In 2015, Greenland had the highest burden of disease due to self-harm with loss of 2,952.97 disability-adjusted life years per 100,000 inhabitants, more than six times as many as Denmark. AIMS: What are possible reasons for […]
Season of birth is different in Inuit suicide victims born into traditional than into modern lifestyle: A register study from Greenland.
An Evaluation of the Implementation of Greenland’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention With Recommendations for the Future
This report is based on extensive interviews with relevant service providers, government officials, & young people in communities across Greenland. The report examines suicide & suicide prevention from an Arctic perspective & discusses what has been working & what has not worked so well. Recommendations are made for PAARISA (the Ministry of Health) as well […]
This seminar was the second gathering of suicide prevention professionals working in Arctic regions. The seminar examined what is working in suicide prevention & what makes it works – as well as generating attention to the importance of mental & physical well-being in the Arctic. This report has 7 sections: background; understanding the problem; best […]
Suicide by Greenlandic Youth, in Historical and Circumpolar Perspective (IN: Children and Youth in Greenland – an Anthology, edited by W Kahlig & N Banerjee)
This chapter presents a short summary of what is known (& not known, in a scientific way) about suicide by Greenlandic youth, & situates the present youth suicide situation in Greenland in historical & circumpolar perspective. (12 notes, 9 refs.) Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at https://alaskaindigenous.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/hicks-sucide-in-greenland.pdf
The author addresses the problem of suicide in the Inuit population of Greenland, particularly among women. It is argued that increasing rates of suicide among this population are closely linked with the social problems associated with acculturation generated by processes of modern development. (7 refs)
In the present study, information on the psycho-social background of suicides in Greenland is provided based on a review of death certificates & police reports for the period 1993-1995. The role of dysfunctional social networks in relation to suicide is discussed, & temporal trends in suicide rates are described for the different regions of Greenland. […]
This article reports on the rates of suicide in Greenland from 1900 to 1985. The work is based on police reports on completed suicides accompanying death certificates. In all cases the death was without doubt self-inflicted. A comparison of deaths from all causes throughout this period reveals that the rate of death from unnatural causes […]
This article describes the efforts of the Greenland Council on Health Promotion to decrease Greenland’s suicide rate. Information regarding the research projects the council is funding & implications on suicide prevention these results may have are presented. The author hypothesizes that suicide in Greenland is connected with the acculturative stress caused by the rapid development […]
The classical methodological problem of suicidology is reliability of official statistics. In this article, some contributions to the debate, particularly concerning the increased problem of suicide among Inuit, are reviewed. Secondly, the suicide statistics of Greenland are analyzed, with the conclusion that the official statistics, as published by the Danish Board of Health, are generally […]
This paper resulted from the Symposium on Psychiatric Epidemiology & Suicidology Among Children & Adults in the far North, Oulu, Finland, June 10-12, 1980.
Report of the Workshop on Best Practices in Suicide Prevention and the Evaluation of Suicide Prevention Programs in the Arctic
Workshop held in Iqaluit, Nunavut, March 14 & 15, 2003.
Cultural Change and Mental Health in Greenland: the Association of Childhood Conditions, Language, and Urbanization with Mental Health and Suicidal Thoughts Among the Inuit of Greenland
In Greenland, one of the characterizing features of the sociocultural change of the last 50 years has been an increased prevalence of mental health problems. This article presents data collected from two health interview surveys conducted among Inuit in Greenland & Inuit migrants in Denmark in 1993-94 & 1997-98. The prevalence of potential psychiatric cases […]