Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Suicide in Greenland

Greenland Has The World's Highest Suicide Rate, And Teenage Boys Are Especially Vulnerable : Goats and Soda : NPR

What a great, if somewhat depressing, bit of journalism here - a lengthy consideration of the high rate of suicide in Greenland.  And even if you don't read it all, have a look at the stunning photos of a very bleak looking part of the world.

For an Australian, the similarities between the problem in that country and that in remote aboriginal communities are obvious.  Despite smaller communities supposedly having the benefits of  social connections, it seems a combination of being caught between two cultures, and the lack of opportunity that physical isolation brings, makes for a high suicide rate.

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