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The tragedy of becoming tired of living : youth and young adults' suicide in Greenland and Denmark

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Background: Suicide is a tremendous public health issue and worldwide the second leading cause of death among young people. In 2015, Greenland had the highest burden of disease due to self-harm with loss of 2,952.97 disability-adjusted life years per 100,000 inhabitants, more than six times as many as Denmark. Aims: What are possible reasons for Greenland's higher youth suicide rate compared to Denmark, despite being one kingdom of Denmark? Method: Mixed methods in the form of qualitative, semi-structured interviews, the analysis of available data for 2003-2016 and a literature review were conducted with the aim to answer this question. Results: Several exposures cause this difference, most significantly adverse effects of the colonial past, such as social issues and experienced traumas in Greenland compared to its former coloniser Denmark. Conclusion: The ongoing burden of youth suicide in Greenland requires enhanced actions of all stakeholders involved in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.
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Youth suicide, adolescent suicide, suicidal behaviour, Denmark, Greenland

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Bolliger, Larissa, and Gabriel Gulis. “The Tragedy of Becoming Tired of Living : Youth and Young Adults’ Suicide in Greenland and Denmark.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY 64.4 (2018): 389–395. Print.
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Bolliger, L., & Gulis, G. (2018). The tragedy of becoming tired of living : youth and young adults’ suicide in Greenland and Denmark. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY, 64(4), 389–395.
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Bolliger, Larissa, and Gabriel Gulis. 2018. “The Tragedy of Becoming Tired of Living : Youth and Young Adults’ Suicide in Greenland and Denmark.” International Journal of Social Psychiatry 64 (4): 389–395.
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Bolliger, Larissa, and Gabriel Gulis. 2018. “The Tragedy of Becoming Tired of Living : Youth and Young Adults’ Suicide in Greenland and Denmark.” International Journal of Social Psychiatry 64 (4): 389–395.
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Bolliger L, Gulis G. The tragedy of becoming tired of living : youth and young adults’ suicide in Greenland and Denmark. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY. 2018;64(4):389–95.
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L. Bolliger and G. Gulis, “The tragedy of becoming tired of living : youth and young adults’ suicide in Greenland and Denmark,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY, vol. 64, no. 4, pp. 389–395, 2018.
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  abstract     = {Background: Suicide is a tremendous public health issue and worldwide the second leading cause of death among young people. In 2015, Greenland had the highest burden of disease due to self-harm with loss of 2,952.97 disability-adjusted life years per 100,000 inhabitants, more than six times as many as Denmark. 
Aims: What are possible reasons for Greenland's higher youth suicide rate compared to Denmark, despite being one kingdom of Denmark? 
Method: Mixed methods in the form of qualitative, semi-structured interviews, the analysis of available data for 2003-2016 and a literature review were conducted with the aim to answer this question. 
Results: Several exposures cause this difference, most significantly adverse effects of the colonial past, such as social issues and experienced traumas in Greenland compared to its former coloniser Denmark. 
Conclusion: The ongoing burden of youth suicide in Greenland requires enhanced actions of all stakeholders involved in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.},
  author       = {Bolliger, Larissa and Gulis, Gabriel},
  issn         = {0020-7640},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY},
  keywords     = {Youth suicide,adolescent suicide,suicidal behaviour,Denmark,Greenland},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {389--395},
  title        = {The tragedy of becoming tired of living : youth and young adults' suicide in Greenland and Denmark},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020764018766198},
  volume       = {64},
  year         = {2018},
}

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