The Arctic’s Suicide Season

It isn’t the dark, nor the cold, driving a rash of suicides in the Arctic, explains reporter Rebecca Hersher … because spring, just when things begin to thaw and brighten, is actually the “suicide season.”

In a Q&A following Hersher’s recent piece, she describes the communities in Greenland reeling from the highest known suicide rate in the world: 82.8 suicides per 100,000 people each year.

Suicide is a serious problem in many native communities across the world, Hersher explains, but addressing the crisis in such isolated communities is a daunting challenge for public health workers.
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