Suicide crisis lines can be found in many countries worldwide. Many are geared to a general audience while others are specific to a select demographic such as LGBT youth, Native American and Aboriginal Canadian youth. There have been studies in the United States and Australia which show that suicide crisis lines may help people who feel like killing or hurting themselves and may make them feel better.
One of the first suicide crisis lines was the Samaritans, founded in the United Kingdom in 1953 by Chad Varah, the then Rector of the former St. Stephen's Church in London. He decided to start a 'listening service' after reading a sermon at the grave of a 13-year-old girl who had died by suicide. She was in distress prior to her death and had no one to talk to.
000 is the national emergency number in Australia.
Lifeline is a 24-hour nationwide service that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services. It can be reached at 13 11 14. They also offer an online chat service from 7pm to midnight Sydney time every day.
Kids Helpline is a 24-hour nationwide service that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and counselling services for Australians aged 5–25. It can be reached at 1800 55 1800. In addition the Kids Helpline does also provide online chat services.
Beyond Blue provides nationwide information and support regarding anxiety, depression, and suicide. It has a helpline which can be reached by calling 1300 22 4636. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, the organisation also provides online chat from 3 pm to 12 am every day.
The Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide. It has a helpline which can be reached by calling 1300 659 467. The organisation also offers online chat and video chat services.
MensLine Australia is a 24/7 telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health, mental health and relationship concerns. It has a helpline which can be reached by calling 1300 78 99 78. The organisation also online counselling.
Talk Suicide offers free support from a counsellor who can meet you at your home, a local park or coffee shop. Their counsellors specialise in talking with people who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide and they can keep in touch with you as often as you need. They can also provide support to family and friends. The link to make a self-referral is https://suicidepreventionpathways.org.au/make-a-referral or they can be contacted by phoning 1800 008 255
999 is the national emergency number in Bangladesh. 199 is the national number for ambulance and fire.
Kaan Pete Roi (http://shuni.org/) is an emotional support helpline in Bangladesh whose mission is to alleviate feelings of despair, isolation, distress, and suicidal feelings among members of the community, through confidential listening. The helpline is intended for suicide prevention and the promotion of mental health.
190 and 192 are the national emergency numbers for police and ambulances in Brazil.
Centro de Valorização da Vida (http://www.cvv.org.br/) is an emotional and suicidal prevention support NGO founded in 1962 in São Paulo, Brazil, and recognized as Federal Public Utility in 1973. It offers voluntary and free support, with all communications being confidential. Contacts can be made through the phone number 188 (available 24/7), personally (in one of the 72 centres around the country), chat (via their website), VoIP (via Skype) and e-mail.
Bulgarian Red Cross (https://www.redcross.bg/activities/activities5/telefon.html) is providing free consultations related to psycho-social issues and difficulties such as substance addiction, suicide prevention, depression and for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Red Cross can also be a first point of contact for situations related to human trafficking.
Kids Help Phone (https://kidshelpphone.ca/) is a free 24/7 national support service that provides confidential professional counselling, information, referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.
Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone (crisistextline.ca) is a free, confidential 24/7 national crisis-intervention text-message service. It can be reached by texting HOME (English) or PARLER (French) to 686868.
110 is the national emergency number in mainland China.
Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center (http://www.crisis.org.cn), a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, available 24/7 at 800-810-1117 (for landline callers) or 010-8295-1332 (for mobile and VoIP callers)
Plavi Telefon (www.plavi-telefon.hr) can be called at 48 33 888 and aim to provide support for issues such as depression, alcoholism, drug abuse and suicide that traditional centers might not accomplish.
Eluliin (http://www.eluliin.ee/) provides emotional support for those suffering from depression and relationship issues. They are available from 7pm to 7am; The number is 655 8088 if you wish to call in Estonian, 655 5688 in Russian.
Finnish Association for Mental Health has provided assistance and support for those dealing with mental health issues and suicide since 1897. They can be reached at 010 195 202 (Finnish) or (09) 4135 0501 (foreigners).
Inter-agency Suicide Prevention Help Line was launched by the Guyana Police Force in 2015 to help those struggling with depression. They can be reached 24 hours a day by calling 223–0001, 223–0009, or 223–0818, as well as 600-7896 or 623-4444 by cellphone.
112 is the national emergency number for Hungary. Call 112
LESZ (https://sos116-123.hu/): Call 116-123 or 06 80 810-600 24/7, E-mail: email@example.com - Anonym helpline providing emotional support for those who are stressed, distressed, depressed, or suicidal. The association works together with 22 services to provide the necessary help.
Blue Line (https://kek-vonal.hu/): Call 116-111 24/7 - Anonym child crisis helpline providing emotional support for young people who are in need of someone to listen to them, provide comfort, give suggestions or if they're just simply curious about topics regarding their surrounding. Chat and E-mail available on the website, but registration is needed. Adults concerned about the mental or physical safety of children can call 116-000
Lifeline Foundation (Kolkata): (www.lifelinefoundation.in) - Tele-helpline for providing emotional support to distressed, depressed or suicidal +91 9088030303, 03340447437 10am to 10pm all days of the week. Non-judgemental, confidential, free service.
110 and 115 are the national emergency numbers for police and ambulances in Iran.
The Iran National Organization of Well-Being, has provided various methods by which the individuals can use the specialists' services free of charge for a variety of problems such as marriage, family, the youth and children, suicide, etc. including online, in person and by phone.
100 and 101 are the national emergency numbers for police and ambulances in Israel.
Eran.org.il Suicide line (https://www.eran.org.il/) operates 24/7 including holidays and can be reached from all regions of Israel by calling 1201 or 972-9 8891333 from abroad. SMS service is given as well during Sunday - Friday between 14:00-18:00 at 076-88444-00.
Servizio per la Prevenzione del Suicidio (SPS) (http://www.prevenireilsuicidio.it/) ) is a suicide prevention helpline whose mission is to give psychological and emotional support to anyone in suicidal crisis or to anyone who lost a dear one for suicide, through a confidential listening from an equipe of doctors, psychologists and volunteers . The helpline is operating from 9.30 am till 4.30 pm, from Monday to Friday, and it can be reached from all regions of Italy.
Jaunimo linija (Youth Line): Free, confidential and anonymous emotional support line for those struggling with daily issues, emotional distress or at risk of suicide. Help is being provided by Phone 8 800 28888 (24/7), email or chat online here (Mon-Sat, 6 PM - 10 PM)
Mauritius Suicide Prevention Lifeline is an emotional support helpline in Mauritius whose mission is to alleviate feelings of despair, isolation, distress, and suicidal feelings among members of the community, through confidential listening. The helpline is intended for suicide prevention and the promotion of mental health.
SAPTEL (http://www.saptel.org.mx/index.html) is an independent care provider subsidized by the Mexican red cross. It can be reached at (55) 5259-8121. SAPTEL has been active since 2000. It is totally free and they are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Provides crisis dialogue or treatment for anything related to mental health crisis.
111 is the national emergency number in New Zealand.
1737, need to talk? (http://www.1737.org.nz) is the national mental health and addictions helpline. Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
Lifeline Aotearoa (http://www.lifeline.org.nz) is a New Zealand organisation providing free 24-hour counseling and phone help lines. It provides support, information and resources to people at risk of suicide, family and friends affected by suicide and people supporting someone with suicidal thoughts and/or suicidal behaviours. Call 09 5222 999 if you live within Auckland or 0800 543 354 for those outside of Auckland.
112 and 113 is the national emergency numbers for police and ambulances in Norway
Mental HelseMental Helse (Mental Health). Can be reached at 116 123 and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mental Helse does also provide an online mail service at http://sidetmedord.no where users can write messages anonymously and get answers within 48-hours. A chat-service is also provided. It is open Mondays from 19.00 - 22.00 and Wednesdays: from 19.00 - 22.00. The chat-services may not always be open in July and on public celebration days or Sundays.
Kirkens SOSKirkens SOS (The Church SOS). Can be reached at 22 40 00 40 and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The line is free to call and confidential. Kirkens SOS does also provide an anonymous message service (which replies within 24-hours) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and a chat open 7 days a week at 18.30 - 22.30.
Alianţa Română de Prevenţie a Suicidului (http://www.antisuicid.com/) is a Romanian support helpline whose mission is to give psychological and emotional support to those who are suicidal or in a psychological crisis. Help is offered by psychologists and Psychology student volunteers. They can be reached at 0800 801 200 and are available between 19:00 and 07:00.
Asociația de Suicidologie (http://www.preveniresuicid.eu/pagina-principala/) is a Romanian NGO whose mission is to offer emergency counseling to those, regardless of their age, who are in a psychological crisis and may express suicidal ideation. Their helpline, Prevenire Suicid, can be reached at 0800 080 100 or 116 123 and is available 24/7.
TelVerde antidepresie:0800 0800 20. A toll-free anti-depression hotline which is available 24/7.
Helpline anti-anxietate:0374 456 420. A toll-free anti-anxiety hotline which is available 24/7.
999 and 995 are the national emergency numbers for the police and ambulances in Singapore.
The Samaritans of Singapore (https://sos.org.sg/) is the only 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline in Singapore, for anyone having difficulty coping during a crisis, who are thinking of suicide or affected by suicide."
The Singapore Association of Mental Health (http://www.samhealth.org.sg/) is a voluntary welfare organisation that provides a toll-free counselling helpline for those with emotional crisis or mental health conditions.
IPčko.sk (www.ipcko.sk) - Suicide prevention and psychological help (mainly for youth), providing online chat counseling service from 7am to midnight. IPčko also provides email counseling 24/7 on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zaupni telefon Samarijan in Sopotnik (http://www.telefon-samarijan.si/) is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The purpose of the organisation is to be available for a conversation to anyone suffering from distress. The confidential phone call hotline is carried out in accordance with the fundamental principles of the international organisation IFOTES. Qualified volunteers can be reached on the toll-free telephone number 116 123.
TOM – telefon za otroke in mladostnike (http://www.e-tom.si) is available 7-days a week from 13:00 - 20:00 and is primarily meant for children and adolescents in distress. The telephone functions within the Association of Friends of Youth of Slovenia (ZPMS). It serves the purpose of providing emotional support for children and young people who face various questions, dilemmas or distress during the process of growing up. Advisers are available to callers needing to share their problems or are seeking advice and additional information on the toll-free telephone number 116 111.
Ženska svetovalnica – krizni center (http://www.drustvo-zenska-svetovalnica.si/o-nas) is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. It is a voluntary women's organisation that works in the field of psycho-social assistance and the self-help of women who are victims of violence. They offer free counseling, information on public service competencies and assistance in organizing self-help groups to women in need. They are available on the telephone number +386 31 233 211.
10111 and 10177 are the national emergency numbers for the police and ambulances in South Africa.
The Triangle project (https://triangle.org.za/about/) provides a helpline where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people can talk to a trained professional. The professional will ensure the caller's privacy and can also refer the caller to other support networks. It can be reached at (021) 712 6699 daily from 13:00 to 21:00. The counselor will then call you back.
Teléfono de la Esperanza (http://www.telefonodelaesperanza.org) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing callers to discuss a range of challenges from trauma and suicide to relationship issues. They can be reached by calling 717 003 717.
Självmordslinjen (Suicide prevention hotline) (https://mind.se/hitta-hjalp/sjalvmordslinjen/) is a registered non-profit organisation that has worked with mental health since 1931. The organisation provides a 24-hour email, chat and hotline service, all of which are toll-free.
BRIS - Barnens rätt i samhället (Children's right in society) (https://www.bris.se/) is a children's rights organisation. They offer toll-free and anonymous support for all children and young adults up to the age of 18 through phone and chat every day of the year 14:00 - 21:00. BRIS can be reached at 116 111 but also offers contact to curators through email and contact with other youth through their online forum.
Shout (https://www.giveusashout.org/) is the UK's first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It is a place to go for those struggling to cope and in need of immediate help. Shout is an affiliate of the Crisis Text Line in the U.S.
911 is the national emergency number in the United States.
211 is a phone number in the United States for people in crisis who need emergency referrals to social and community services but are not experiencing an immediate life-threatening emergency. Services available vary by state.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. In July 2022, 988 will become the national three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, replacing the current phone number of 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Americans needing support should continue to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) until then.
The Veterans Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-273-8255, followed by Pressing 1.
The hotline will be available to be reached by dialing 988 by July 2022. The 988 number is currently activated on T-Mobile US. Like calling the other phone number, the Veterans Crisis Line can be reached by pressing 1 after calling the 988 phone number.
The hotline can also be reached by texting to 838255.
IMAlive Crisis Chatine (www.imalive.org) is a non-profit, worldwide 24/7, anonymous chatline to help anyone in crisis via instant messaging.
TrevorText can be reached by texting START to 678-678
The Trans Lifeline (https://www.translifeline.org/) is a nonprofit organization that is created by and for the transgender community, providing crisis intervention hotlines, staffed by transgender individuals, available in the United States and Canada.
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