Inuits in Canada have high suicide rates
Tuesday, August 12, 2003

The suicide rate among Inuits in Nunavut, Canada, is one of the highest in the world, accounting to researchers.

A 1998 study by a Yale University researcher found the rate was 88 per 100,000, nearly seven times the rate of Canada as a whole. It was nearly double the rate found in the country of Sri Lanka.

The study found that one suicide or suicide attempt would lead to others. People copied their friends or family, according to the researcher.

Reasons for the high rate included drug and alcohol abuse and the breakdown of Native culture.

Get the Story:
Researcher Studies Inuit Suicide Rate (The Hartford Courant 8/11)

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