Year: 1991 Source: Journal of Child and Youth Care, v.6, no.1, (1991), p.11-17 SIEC No: 19911478

Suicide among northern Native Canadian youth is examined. Multidimensional causes include acculturation, resettlement, hopelessness, helplessness, family violence, isolation & vulnerability. It is suggested that young people at risk for suicide experience a pervasive sense of helplessness, hopelessness & isolation that stimulates dysfunctional behaviors. Without effective intervention, suicide becomes a means of escape. Interventions focussing on the individual, family & community are discussed.