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Lávvuo-Research and education for Sámi health

Research group Lávvuo is a research and education environment focused on Sámi health and well-being based at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå university. Including both Sámi and non-Sámi professionals our goal is to improve the health and well-being of the Sámi people in Sweden through high quality research and education activities.


[September 2021]

The Sametinget (Sámi Parliament) contribution to the national strategy for prevention of mental ill-health and suicide is now published (in Swedish). You can find it here

On the World suicide prevention day, friday the 10th of september, we participated in a webinar organized by Region Västerbotten. In our contribution we included the first results of the "Sámi-HET", showing that Sámi women and Sámi who do not speak Sámi report more mental health issues and suicidality, compared with Sámi men and Sámi who do speak Sámi, respectively. 

We have conducted the national Sámi Health on Equal Terms survey (Sámi-HET) between February and May 2021 with 3790 participants. Data analysis and publications will come in the coming months.



We are members of two Lancet commissions and one Lancet series: i) “Lancet Commission on Arctic Health – Urgently Accelerating Indigenous Health, ii) “Lancet Commission on Suicidal Behaviour and Self Harm”, and the Lancet’s series on “Indigenous and First Nations adolescent health and wellbeing”.

We are representing the Sámediggi (the Sámi parliament in Sweden) in the discussion process related to the coming Swedish National strategy for mental health and suicide prevention.



November 2021: Forum on Sámi health – Sámi youth health conference



Blåhed H, San Sebastián M. "If the reindeer die, everything dies": The mental health of a Sámi community exposed to a mining project in Swedish Sápmi. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2021 Dec;80(1):1935132. doi: 10.1080/22423982.2021.1935132.



Petter Stoor
Senior research assistant


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Epidemiology and Global Health

Research area

Public health and health care science

External funding

Swedish Research Council, Forte

External funding