Child abuse was a major risk factor. Almost half the people who killed themselves in the survey had been either sexually or physically abused as children compared with just over one-quarter of the comparison group.

A study on the problem:

A somewhat intelligent comment section (for a change!):
I grew up in the eastern arctic in one of these communities and it was one of the best places on earth to grow up. Inuit still practice traditional ways and yes the mortality rates are unacceptable but that has more to do with a legacy of trauma and child sexual abuse that began when the missionaries and other colonial forces came here.

Edited by Jacob S (09/18/13 07:15 PM)
Like a spent gladiator
crawling in the colosseum dust
who can count on his remaining limbs
all the people he can trust.
Like the one who stands behind him
cheering him on
Estatic when he stands defiant,
wild with abandon when he's gone

just stay alive.
do whatever you need to.
you are worth it.