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List of suicide crisis lines

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[1] and Australia[2] 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 the Rev. 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 committed suicide. She was in distress prior to her death and had no one to talk to.[3]

Crisis lines by countryEdit

Country Lines
Algeria
  • 34342 and 43 are the national emergency numbers for police and ambulances in Algeria.
  • Suicide Hotline Algeria: 0021 3983 2000 58
Argentina
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Argentina.
  • Centro de Atencíon al Familiar del Suicida (http://www.familiardesuicida.com.ar/) is made up of professionals and focuses on the problems caused by suicide, both in the community and in the people it can impact. Their number is (54-11) 4758-2554.
  • SOS Un Amigo Anonimo (http://www.sosunamigoanonimo.com.ar/) is available seven days a week from 10 am to 7pm by calling 4783-8888.
Armenia
  • 112 and 911 are the national emergency numbers in Armenia.
  • Trust Social Work and Sociological Research Centre: can be reached at (2) 538194 or (2) 538197
Australia
  • 000 is the national emergency number in Australia.
  • Lifeline (https://www.lifeline.org.au/) is a 24-hour nationwide service that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services.[4] It can be reached at 13 11 14. They also offer an online chat service.
  • Kids Helpline (https://kidshelpline.com.au/) 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 (https://www.beyondblue.org.au) 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 organization also provides online chat from 15-24.
Austria
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Austria.
  • 142 is the number of Telefonseelsorge (http://www.telefonseelsorge.at/) in Austria. Free of charge, operating 24 hours a day.
  • 147 is the number of Rat auf Draht (https://www.rataufdraht.at/), a crisis number especially for children, juveniles and their attachment figures. Free of charge, operating 24 hours a day.
The Bahamas
  • 911 is the national emergency number in The Bahamas.
  • National Suicide Hotline: 322-2763
Bangladesh
  • 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.[5]
Barbados
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Barbados.
  • Samaritans of Barbados: (246) 4299999
Belgium
Bolivia
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Bolivia.
  • Teléfono de la Esperanza (http://www.telefonodelaesperanza.org/) aims at promoting mental health to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world. Bolivians living in Cochabamba and La Paz can call (00 591 4) 4 25 42 42 and 75288084.
Botswana
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Botswana.
  • 3911270 is the national lifeline.
Brazil
  • 188 is a national emergency number in Brazil.
  • 190 and 191 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 141 (available 24/7), personally (in one of the 72 centres around the country), chat (via their website), VoIP (via Skype) and e-mail.
Bulgaria
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Bulgaria.
  • 0035 9249 17 223 is the number for the Sofia Hotline.
Canada
China
Croatia
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Croatia.
  • Plavi Telefon (http://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.
Cyprus
  • 112 and 199 are the national emergency numbers in Cyprus.
  • Cyprus Samaritans (http://www.cyprussamaritans.org) is available every day from 4pm to 12am and is confidential. They can be reached at 8000 7773.
Czech Republic
  • 112 is the national emergency number in the Czech Republic.
  • Modrá linka (http://www.modralinka.cz/) is a line of trust not only for children and youth. They provide a phone support at +420608902410 from 9AM to 9PM and a chat.
Denmark
  • Livslinien (https://www.livslinien.dk) offers telephone support 11am-4am on 70 201 201, or online chat
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Denmark.
Egypt
  • 122 is the national emergency number in Egypt.
  • 126 is the foreigners emergency number in Egypt.
Estonia
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Estonia.
  • Eluliin (http://www.eluliin.ee/) provides emotional support for those suffering from depression and relationship issues. They're available from 7pm to 7am at 655 8088 in Estonian and 655 5688 in Russian.
 

Fiji

  • 917 is the national emergency number in Fiji.
  • Lifeline Fiji runs the National Crisis Line, Crisis Support, and Suicide Intervention line. Free calls at any time on 132454
Finland
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Finland.
  • 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).
France
  • 112 is the national emergency number in France, 15 is the number for ambulances, 114 for all emergency services for deaf using FAX or SMS and 17 is for police.
  • Fil santé jeunes : 0800 235 236 : anonymous and toll-free number for young people.
  • Suicide écoute : 01 45 39 40 00 (24-hour) : suicide prevention helpline (volunteers).
  • SOS Suicide Phénix: 01 40 44 46 45 (schedule) : suicide prevention through listening and hospitality (volunteers).
  • Sos amitié : distress listening on multimedia platform : phone, email, chat (volunteers).
  • La Croix Rouge Ecoute : 0 800 858 858 : psychological support online, anonymous and free (volunteers).
Germany
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Germany.
  • Telefonseelsorge (http://www.telefonseelsorge.de/) (24/7, no cost): 0800 111 0 111 (Protestant), 0800 111 0 222 (Catholic), 0800 111 0 333 (for children and youth)
Ghana
  • 999 is the national emergency number in Ghana.
  • National Lifeline: 2332 444 71279
Greece
  • 1018 (http://suicide-help.gr) is the national emergency number in Greece, 166 is the number for ambulances, 199 for the fire department, 100 is for police.
Guyana
Hong Kong
Hungary
  • 112 is the national emergency number for Hungary. 104 is the national number for ambulances and 107 is for police
  • Blue line (http://www.sos116-123.hu/index.php/segelykeres) - 116-123 is a nationwide 24-hour hotline - sos@sos116-123.hu is an email address to use. Helpline providing emotional support for those who are stressed, distressed, depressed, or suicidal.
  • Help line: (http://www.kek-vonal.hu/index.php/hu/lelkisegely-vonal) - 116-111 is a helpline providing emotional support for those who are stressed, distressed, depressed, or suicidal.
India
  • 112 is the national emergency number for India.
  • Samaritans Mumbai: (samaritansmumbai.com) - +91 8422984528, +91 8422984529, +91 8422984530 - 3 pm to 9 pm, all days. samaritans.helpline@gmail.com. Helpline providing emotional support for those who are stressed, distressed, depressed, or suicidal.
  • AASRA (http://www.aasra.info/): 91-22-27546669 is a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week nationwide voluntary, professional and confidential services.
  • Sneha India (http://www.snehaindia.org) is available 24/7 on the phone by calling 91 44 24640050.
Indonesia
  • 112 is the national emergency number for Indonesia.
  • Kementerian Kesehatan: 500-454
Iran
  • 110 and 115 are the national emergency numbers for police and ambulances in Iran.
  • Iran Organization of Well Being (http://moshaver.behzisti.ir/page.aspx?id=1480) has provided the free and governmental hotline, 1480, by which the specialists give different types of consultations for a variety of problems such as marriage, family, youths and children, suicide,etc. to those in need. this hotline is open from 6 am till 9 pm everyday and its services are reached from all provinces of Iran.
Ireland
Israel
  • 100 and 101 are the national emergency numbers for police and ambulances in Israel.
  • Eran.org.il Suicide line (https://web.archive.org/web/20110909164614/http://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.
Italy
  • 112 is the national emergency number for Italy.
  • 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.
  • Samaritans - ONLUS (http://www.samaritansonlus.org) is available every day from 1pm to 10pm by calling 800 86 00 22 or 06 77208977.
  • Telefono Amico (http://www.telefonoamico.it) provides services everyday from 10am to 12am by calling 199284284.
Japan
  • 110 and 119 are the national emergency numbers for police and ambulances in Japan.
  • TELL (http://telljp.com/lifeline/) provides a free, confidential English-language Lifeline service, plus clinical mental health services, for the international community in Japan.[7]
  • Befrienders Worldwide Osaka Suicide Prevent Center (http://www.spc-osaka.org)
Jordan
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Jordan.[8]
Korea
  • 112 and 119 are the national emergency numbers for police and ambulances in South Korea.
  • Suicide.org (suicide.org) has a list of South Korean suicide hotlines.
Latvia
  • 113 is the national emergency number in Latvia.
  • Skalbes.lv (http://www.skalbes.lv/) You can call them on +371 67222922 or +371 27722292 the lines are working 24h on all week days.
Lebanon
  • Suicide Hotline Lebanon (Embrace) : 1564
  • Embrace LifeLine (http://www.embracelifeline.org/) You can call them on 1564 the lines are working from 12 P.M untill 2 A.M on all week days.
Liberia
Luxembourg
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Luxembourg.
  • 454545.lu (https://454545.lu/) +352 45 45 45 the lines are working 11h-23h on all week days and 11h-3h on Friday and Saturday.
Malaysia
Malta
  • Appogg Supportline 179
Mauritius
Mexico
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Mexico.
  • 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 Monday to Sunday 9:00 to 21:00. Provides crisis dialogue or treament for anything related to mental health crisis.
Netherlands
New Zealand
  • 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.
  • Youthline (https://www.youthline.co.nz) Call 0800 376 633 or text 234.
  • The Lowdown (https://thelowdown.co.nz) provides assistance in dealing with issues such as relationships, anxiety, and depression and are available by e-mail or texting 5626.
Norway
  • 112 and 113 is the national emergency numbers for police and ambulances in Norway
  • Mental Helse Mental 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 a chat-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 SOS Kirkens 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) 27 hours a day, 7 days a week and a chat open 7 days a week at 18.30 - 22.30.
The Philippines
  • 911 is the national emergency number in the Philippines.
  • The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation (http://www.ngf-hope.org/contact-us/) provides 24/7 assistance to those who call (02) 804-HOPE (4673) or 0917 558 HOPE (4673)
  • Manila Lifeline Centre: (02) 8969191
Poland
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Poland.
  • Olsztynski Telefon Zaufania 'Anonimowy Przyjaciel (http://telefonzaufania.org/) provides 24/7 assistance as it's the only unit of this type in Poland. They can be reached by calling 89 19288 or 89 527 00 00.
Portugal
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Portugal.
  • Voz de Apoio (http://www.vozdeapoio.pt) is anonymous and confidential. You can speak to them by calling 225 50 60 70 or through Skype, face-to-face, or writing.
  • Sos Voz Amiga (http://www.sosvozamiga.org) is available daily from 4pm to 12am by calling 213 544 545, 912 802 669, or 963 524 660. Free Green Line callers can call 800 209 899 from 9pm to 12am.
  • Sos Estudante (http://sosestudante.pt) provides anonymous, confidential support every day from 8pm to 1am by calling 915 246 060, 969 554 545, 239 484 020 as well as through Skype.
Romania
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Romania.
  • 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 that find themselves in depression, those who are in a psychological crisis and those who are suicidal. Help is offered by psychologists and volunteers from Psychology Universities.
Russia
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Russia.
  • 051 (or 8495051) is a 24 hour emergency number for Moscow residents
  • Samaritans (Cherepovets): 007 (8202) 577-577
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
  • 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 ipcko@ipcko.sk.
Slovenia
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Slovenia.
  • 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.
  • Klic v duševni stiski (http://www.psih-klinika.si/koristne-informacije/klic-v-dusevni-stiski/) is available 7-days a week 19:00 - 7:00. Counsellors of the hotline are trained to work with people and especially trained to talk with people who are having suicidal thoughts. However, you can call for help regardless of the cause of your distress. They are available on the telephone number (01) 520-99-00.
  • 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.
South Africa
  • 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 callers 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.
Spain
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Spain.
  • 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.
Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka Sumithrayo - Bandarawela: 011 057 2222662
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • The Samaritans, St. Vincent: (784) 456 1044
Sudan
  • Befrienders Khartoum: (249) 11-555-253
Sweden
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Sweden.
  • Självmordslinjen (Suicide prevention hotline) (https://mind.se/sjalvmordslinjen/) is a registered Non-profit organisation[14] that has worked with mental health since 1931.[15] The organisation provides a 24-hour email, chat and hotline service, all of which are toll-free.[16]
  • Hjälplinjen (The help line) (https://www.1177.se/Stockholm/Om-1177/Om-Hjalplinjen/) offers temporary psychological support over the phone (toll-free), 7 days a week 13:00 - 22:00. You can opt to be anonymous.[17] The service is run by Sweden's municipalities through Vårdguiden (the care guide).[18]
  • BRIS - Barnens rätt i samhället (Children's right in society) (https://www.bris.se/) is a children's right 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.[19]
Switzerland
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Switzerland.
  • Die dargebotene Hand (https://www.143.ch/): 143 (helpline for any kind of life crisis and mental health problems)
Taiwan
Thailand
  • Samaritans of Thailand: (02) 713-6793
Tonga
  • Lifeline: 23000
Trinidad and Tobago
  • Lifeline: (868) 645 2800
Turkey
  • Emergency Hotline: 182
United Kingdom
United States

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