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Children and Youth in Canada - The Context of their Lives (module table of contents)

Section 5: International Comparisons (section table of contents)


National data can hide differences that exist in one country. A new study released by Statistics Canada’s health analysis division
found that the suicide rate among children and teens in the Inuit homelands was 30 times that of youth in the rest of Canada
between 2004 and 2008. For Inuit boys and young men, the rate was 101.6 /100,000, while the rate among boys and young
men in the rest of the population was 6.1/100, 000.1

1Oliver LN, Peters PA, Kohen DE. (2012). “Mortality Rates Among Children and Teenagers Living in Inuit Nunangat, 1994 to 2008.” Available at:
pub/82-003-x/2012003/article/11695-eng.pdf. Accessed on June 29, 2012.

In OECD countries, suicide rates are higher among young men aged 15 to 24 years than among young women. Japan has
the highest suicide rate for both genders at 20.4/100,000 for young men and 9.8/100,000 for young women. Compared to
the other OECD countries, Canada has the second highest suicide rate among young men (17/100,000) and the third highest
among young women (4.8/100,000).

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