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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. One of the first suicide crisis lines was the Samaritans, founded in the United Kingdom in 1943 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.[1]

Crisis line organizations by countryEdit

Country Organization
  • Kaan Pete Roi ( 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.[3]
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Belgium.
  • 1813 is the local number of the suicidal prevention hotline in Belgium. On their website ( you can talk, e-mail or chat with a trained volunteer.
  • Awel ( for children and young people.
  • Centro de Valorização da Vida ( 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.
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Canada.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ( based in the United States is also available nationwide in Canada it is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.[4]
  • Kids Help Phone ( is a nationwide 24-hour, toll-free, confidential crisis line and counselling service available to Canadians under the age of twenty.
  • The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) ( provides information and resources to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behaviour. CASP maintains an up-to-date list of Distress Lines across Canada by province and territory [1].
  • The Native Youth Crisis Hotline ( is a nationwide suicide prevention call line that serves Native American and Alaskan native youth in the United States and Aboriginal youth in Canada. The crisis line is maintained by the Native American advocacy group, Women of Nations.
  • Suicide Action Montréal ( Suicide Action Montreal offers support services, crisis workers and monitoring for people who are at risk of committing suicide, for their friends and family and for people affected by suicide. All communication is confidential, available 24/7 and free of charge. They offer support in French and English for people in Montreal's greater area. Their number is 1-866-APPELLE. This line is also available to anyone in Quebec. People will be redirected to their local Suicide Prevention Center.
  • Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing ( Amelia Rising provides support groups, one on one counselling and a 24-hour crisis line for both women and men in crisis. They operate in both English and French and serve the greater Nipissing area of Northern Ontario, though they accept collect calls.
  •   Trans Lifeline ( is a toll-free crisis hotline available in the United States and in Canada for transgender people staffed by transgender people.[5]
  • ( is an emotional and crisis support line for youth 30 and under across Canada. It is accessed via IM on the website or through text (778-783-0177). The support line is open every day from 6pm to midnight PST, and each chat is one-to-one with a trained volunteer working with the support of staff members.
  • 15 is the national emergency number in France.
  • Fil santé jeunes : 0800 235 236 : anonymous and tool-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).
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Germany
  • Telefonseelsorge ( (24/7, no cost): 0800 111 0 111 (Protestant), 0800 111 0 222 (Catholic), 0800 111 0 333 (for children and youth)
  • SAMARITANS MUMBAI ( - 02264643267, 02265653267, 02265653247 - 3 pm to 9 pm, all days. Helpline providing emotional support for those who are stressed, distressed, depressed, or suicidal.
  • AASRA ( 91-22-27546669 is a 24-hour nationwide voluntary, professional and confidential services.
  • Iran Organization of Well Being ( 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.
  • Servizio per la Prevenzione del Suicidio (SPS) ( ) 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
  • ( has a list of South Korean suicide hotlines.
  • Other sources (eatyourkimchi.coml) are available for Koreans and English speakers living in Korea. Information provided by Eat Your Kimchi.[7]
  • 113 is the national emergency number in Latvia
  • ( You can call them on +371 67222922 or +371 27722292 the lines are working 24h on all week days.
  • 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 ( is an independent care provider subsidized by the mexican red cross. SAPTEL has been active since 2000. It is totally free and they are available 24 hours a day for crisis dialogue or treament for anything related to mental health crisis.
  • 911 911 is the national emergency service in Mexico available 24/7. It is totally free.
  • 113 Suicide Prevention ( is an independent care provider subsidized by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Ministerie van VWS). The foundation has been active since September 2009. The organisation employs psychologists and psychiatrists and a large group of fully trained volunteers. 113Online has a close working relation with the Mental Health Institutes' crisis centres. Together these professionals are available 24 hours a day for crisis dialogue, treatment or referrals.
  • Chris Foundation ( Is a website where you can chat with volunteers to tell them your problems to relieve yourself. They will try to help you with your problems. You can also just talk with them when you feel alone or just want to talk with someone
New Zealand
  • Lifeline Aotearoa ( is a New Zealand organisation providing free 24-hour counseling and phone help lines.
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Norway
  • 116 123 is the number for Mental Helse (Mental Health), and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • 22 40 00 40 is the number for Kirkens SOS(The Church SOS), and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 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.
  • Alianţa Română de Prevenţie a Suicidului ( 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.
South Africa
  • LifeLine Pietermaritzburg ( is a registered Non-profit organisation in Pietermaritzburg South Africa. The organisation has been around for the past 43 years. Lifeline Pietermaritzburg focuses on rendering psychosocial support to the Pietermaritzburg community through the mediums of counselling - email, face-to-face and telephone- community dialogues and awareness campaigns, HCT (HIV counselling and testing) as well as various training's which are both SETA and non SETA accedited. All services other than some trainings are free.
  • Lifeline ( offers counselling services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and young people who are confused about their sexuality. It tries to prevent personal crises and suicide. It is available everywhere in the country.
United Kingdom
  • 999 is the national emergency number in the United Kingdom
  • PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide ( is a registered charity. It is the national charity campaigning for prevention of young suicide. It operates a helpline providing short-term support and advice for anyone concerned about themselves or a young person they know. PAPYRUS also offers training such as the international ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) program and bespoke packages.
  • Samaritans ( is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom[17]
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably ( is a registered charity[18] based in England. It was launched in March 2006 as a campaign aimed at bringing the suicide rate down among men aged 15–35.[19]
  • Mind ( are the biggest mental health charity in the UK running 140 local centers nationwide and their website contains lot of helpful information as well as emergency advice.
United States
  •   The Trevor Project ( is a nationwide organization that provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.[25]
  • The Veterans Crisis Line ( is a suicide-prevention hotline available to United States military people (both active-duty and veterans), in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The service is confidential, free and open 24 hours.[26]
  • Trans Lifeline ( is an American organization that provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to transgender and non-binary individuals. Trans Lifeline offers service throughout the United States and Canada.
  • HopeLine ( is a suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline that can be called or texted. They operate by using active listening to support and reflect through any kind of crisis, even if not suicide related. While they are based in Raleigh, NC, they serve the entire nation.
  • Other suicide crisis organizations (


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