This project on Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups–Strengths United through Networks (RISING-SUN) seeks to create common metrics for evaluating suicide prevention efforts in the Arctic as a key component of scaling-up and evaluating interventions across the circumpolar region. The project is designed as a follow-on activity to the Canadian-initiated mental wellness project of 2013-2015, and the earlier SDWG project on Hope and Resilience conducted during the Danish chairmanship (2009-2011). Whereas the Canadian-initiated project focused on best practices from the literature and community-based interventions, RISING SUN is designed to take the next logical step: creating a common, science-based set of metrics to evaluate the key correlates and outcomes associated with suicide prevention interventions, across Arctic states. Common metrics, developed through an on-going engagement with Permanent Participants and community leaders, as well as mental health experts, will facilitate data sharing and pooling, evaluation, and interpretation of interventions across service systems. These metrics will aid health workers to better serve the needs of their communities while helping policymakers measure progress, evaluate the scale-up of interventions, and identify impediments to implementation and cultural adaptability challenges. Arriving at common metrics and reporting systems is especially important in the Arctic, where the vast geography, significant number of remote communities, and breadth of cultural diversity, pose challenges for systematic approaches to suicide prevention.

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