Preventing Suicide in Sápmi

The projects main objectives are to disseminate knowledge about suicides and suicides prevention in the Arctic and Sápmi, along with improving suicide preventions among Saami’s.

The project includes developing a suicide prevention plan in Sápmi which should initiate culturally sensitive preventive measures against suicide across the borders in Sápmi. One of the measures would be arranging seminars/workshops about suicides and suicide prevention where the goal is to provide information about the theme and to provide a forum to expand new suicide project across borders.

The project developed the first Plan for suicide prevention among the Sámi people in Norway, Sweden and Finland, published by the Sámi Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Mental Health and Substance Abuse (SANKS) and the Saami Council. The plan was selected as one of the priorities of the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2017-2019.

Applicant: Samisk Nasjonalt Kompetansesenter (SANKS)

Countries: Finland, Norway, Sweden

Project start 2015, expected to be finalized in 2017.

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