ARCTIC HEALTH SERIES: OUR SPIRITS

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health-part2of3-finThe health of indigenous people in the Arctic remains one of the most urgent issues facing the world’s circumpolar nations. Rates of everything from communicable diseases to suicide remain several times higher than in the South resulting in lower life expectancy.

Climate change has pushed  resource development and sovereignty in the Arctic to the forefront of international debate. Many experts and social scientists hope this increased focus on the North will push the Arctic health crisis higher on the agenda.

Last month we rolled out PART I: OUR SYSTEMS, offering an overview of the general state of Arctic health. This month we present PART II: OUR SPIRITS, focused on mental health issues. Here, we look at issues such as suicide, depression and violence in the North.

In September: PART III: OUR SELVES, will offer an overview of how nutrition, hunting, food and culture play a role in health and well-being in the North, and how some community members are taking matters into their own hands.  

We hope you enjoy the series; we welcome comments, contributions, and debate. Contact us: arctic(at)cbc.ca 


PART II: OUR SPIRITS 

Lavinia. Photo by Eilis Quinn.

CANADA

Video > Lavinia’s Story 

Lavinia’s Story (Subtitled) 

                            

 

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FINLAND

Article > Substance Abuse Increasing Among Finland Health Professionals

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FINLAND

Article >  Rise in Depression-Related Retirements Among Young People in Finland

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ALASKA, USA

Article > Despite Prevention Efforts, Alaska Suicide Rates Remain High

Waves crashing over rocks, Clam Gulch, Alaska. Photo courtesy Beeblebrox, under GNU public license.

ALASKA, USA

Article > Report: Alaska Suicide Rates Remain High

 

 

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STAY TUNED FOR PART 3 OF OUR ARCTIC HEALTH SERIES:

“Our Selves” will be released in September. Follow us on Twitter to be alerted: @eyeonthearctic

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