Addressing Suicide in the Arctic through the RISING SUN Toolkit
From 1994 to 2008, the rate of suicide among Inuit youth under 18 years of age was 30 times higher than that of their counterparts in the general population1. Similar results were also found in Russia’s far north2. Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups - Strengths United through Networks (RISING SUN) resulted an initiative of the 2015-2017 US Arctic Council Chairmanship to address this need.
In this podcast, Roberto Delgado, Chief of Rural Mental Health from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) introduces the RISING SUN Toolkit on MHIN's Collaboration page, talks about the high burden of suicide within Arctic Indigenous communities and why there is a need for this Toolkit within the setting.
Roberto goes on to discuss the different relationships and partnerships that gave rise to the successful initiative can help communities, health providers and policy makers design more effective suicide prevention interventions in the Arctic states. He concludes the podcast by reflecting on the future of suicide prevention efforts in the circumpolar Indigenous communities of the Arctic what role RISING SUN plays in this movement.
Access the RISING SUN Toolkit.