Suicide Prevention

Published on August 28, 2020

The circumstances that result in suicide are usually complex and may involve one or more life challenges, such as chronic pain, substance abuse or other serious health issues, financial strain, legal problems, trauma or relationship troubles.  If you’re thinking about suicide, your pain may seem overwhelming and permanent. There is help and there are ways to cope with suicidal thoughts and feelings to overcome the pain.

  1. Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  2. The Trevor Project for LGBTQ Youth
  3. Transpersons Support Service  
  4. Veterans & Prior Service Members
  5. Native Alaskans and American Indians

☎ Suicide Prevention Worldwide ☎

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or needs help, browse Help (<-click) to find a crisis center anywhere in the world.


The International Association for Suicide Prevention *(IASP)* is dedicated to:

  • preventing suicidal behaviour,
  • alleviating its effects, and
  • providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.

Founded by the late Professor Erwin Ringel and Dr. Norman Farberow in 1960, IASP now includes professionals and volunteers from more than fifty different countries. IASP is a Non-Governmental Organization in official relationship with the World Health Organization *(WHO)* concerned with suicide prevention.

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Countries with Suicide Prevention Hotlines:


North America

  • U.S.A. & Canada, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ~ +1 800 273 8255 (TALK)
  • Québec, Canada ~ +1 866 277 3553 — Association québécoise de prévention du suicide. Montréal ~ 514 723 4000
  • Alberta, Canada ~ +1 800 263 3045 (Crisis 24 hours) — St. Paul & District Crisis Centre, Serving all Alberta and Northeastern Saskatchewan.
  • Barbados ~ 246 429 9999 — Samaritans of Barbados.
  • Mexico ~ Meridan, Yucatan, Mexico — Telefono de emrgencia las 24 horas: 9453777 — Programa salvemos una vida!

Africa

  • Ghana ~ Lifeline – 233 244 846 701 — Lifeline offers suicide prevention counseling by telephone 24hrs. x 7 days a week. Includes drop in service, in Kumasi.
  • Kenya ~ Helpline 1: 020 205 1323 — Befrienders.
  • Liberia ~ 06534308 — Lifeline Liberia.
  • Mauritius ~ 46 48 889 — Befrienders.
  • Namibia ~ 61 232 221 — Lifeline/Childline Namibia. Offers crisis support to children and adults in English, Afrikaans, Damara/Nama, Oshiherero, Oshiwambo and German, by phone, chat and SMS.
  • South Africa ~ 031 765 1587 — Careline.
  • South Africa ~ 08000 55555 — Childline SA.
  • South Africa ~ 0861-322-322 — LifeLine Southern Africa.
  • South Africa ~ +27 051 444 5691 — Befrienders South Africa.

Asia

  • China ~ (021) 6279-8990 — LifeLine Shanghai.
  • China ~ 800 810 1117 — Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Centre offers a 24-hour crisis hotline. 中心24小时心理危机热线电话
  • **~ National toll-free** ~ 800 810 1117 (全国免费)
  • ~ Phone/IP/user extension: 010 8295 1332 (手机/IP/分机用户)
  • Hong Kong ~ 2382 0000 — Suicide Prevention Services.
  • India ~ + 0484 2540530 — Maithri. Maithri operates in Kochi (Cochin), in the state of Kerala, south-west India, and offers crisis support by telephone, letter and face-to-face contact.
  • India ~ +91 924 347 3794 — Save India Family Foundation. Details a crisis support for Bangalore.
  • India ~ 24637401 / 7432 — Lifeline Foundation. Lifeline India offers email and telephone support for people in and around Kolkata.
  • India ~ 27546669 — Aasra. Delivers crisis support in Navi Mumbai – 24 hours a day.
  • India ~ 307 3451 — Samaritans Sahara. Details Samaritans Sahara offers suicide prevention support, in Mumbai, Monday-Friday 4 pm to 10 pm Saturday/Sunday 10 AM – 10 PM.
  • India ~ 91 44 28352345 — Snehaindia. Snehaindia operates a hotline 8 AM to 10 PM every day. Also includes email support services.
  • Japan ~ 03-5774-0992 — Tokyo English Lifeline. Tokyo English Lifeline free English anonymous telephone counseling. 9am – 11pm daily.
  • Japan ~ 06-4395-4343 — SPC-Osaka. In Japanese, website offers suicide prevention counseling in Osaka and lists hours and times for crisis helplines in Tokyo, Miyazaki and Kumano.
  • Malaysia ~ +603-4265 7995 — Persatuan Life Line Malaysia.
  • ~ 服务时间: 星期一至星期五 7.00pm-10.00pm 星期六 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Philippines ~ 893-7606 or 893-7603 — Crisis Line Philippines. Offers free, anonymous and confidential telephone counseling that is non-sectarian & non-judgmental Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • South Korea ~ 02) 715-8600 — Counsel24. Resource, in Korean, details support given to those who are in distress.
  • Sri Lanka ~ 2 682535 — Sumithrayo. Offers helplines throughout Sri Lanka.
  • Thailand ~ 02-713-6793 — Samaritans. Provides English (02-713-6791) 24 Hour and Thai (02-713-6793) 12:00-22:00 hrs helplines.

Europe

  • Armenia ~ (2) 538194 or (2) 538197 — Trust Social Work and Sociological Research Centre. Listing offered by Suicide.org details Centre, located in Yerevan, provides 24-hour face-to-face, phone and Letter support.
  • Belguim ~ 02 649 95 55 — Centrum ter Preventie van Zelfdoding. De Zelfmoordlijn is dag en nacht gratis te bereiken op het gratis nummer 020649 95 55 en via chat.
  • Belguim ~ 106 — Tele Onthaal. Tele-Onthaal kan je 24 uur op 24 uur, 7 dagen op 7 bellen op het nummer 106. Je hoeft je niet bekend te maken. Niemand komt te weten dat je belde
  • Belguim ~ 107 — Télé-Accueil. Télé-Accueil est un service d’aide par téléphone accessible jour et nuit, tous les jours de l’année. Numéro unique gratuit: 107.
  • Croatia ~ 01/ 48 33 888 — Plavi Telefon (Zagreb). Offers email and telephone support.
  • Denmark ~ Livslin (70 201 201) — Du kan kontakte Livsliniens rådgivere på 70 201 201 eller skrive til Netrådgivningen. Vi er her for at lytte til dig og rådgive dig.
  • France ~ 01 45 39 40 00 — Suicide Écoute. Suicide Ecoute se consacre entièrement à la prévention du suicide. Seule association en France, spécifiquement axée sur le suicide, à répondre 24 h sur 24, elle a pour ambition d’apporter une aide. Un numéro d’écoute national est ouvert 7 jours sur 7 : 01 45 39 40 00
  • France ~ 01 46 21 46 46 — S.O.S Help. SOS Help is a listening service for English speakers in France.
  • Germany ~ Tel: 0800-1110111 oder 0800-1110222. — Telefonseelsorge. 24 Stunden täglich – anonym, vertraulich, gebührenfrei.
  • Greece ~ Τηλεφωνική Γραμμή SOS 1031 – Ο.ΚΑ.ΝΑ. — Απευθύνεται σε Άτομα που κάνουν χρήση και το ευρύτερο οικογενειακό και φιλικό περιβάλλον τους. Άτομα που ζητούν άμεση βοήθεια σε καταστάσεις κρίσης.
  • Hungary ~ SOS 505 — Ön a LESZ, a Magyar Lelki Elsősegély Telefonszolgálatok Szövetsége honlapjára talált. Ezzel a ‘modern’ eszközzel az a célunk, hogy élőbb és folyamatos kapcsolat alakulhasson “a lelki egészség őrpontjai”, a telefonszolgálatok és a valóság között.
  • Italy ~ 199 284 284 — Telefono Amico Italia. Se sei in difficoltà, hai bisogno di aiuto perché stai vivendo un momento di particolare disagio e senti la necessità di parlarne con qualcuno ma non sai con chi, puoi rivolgerti a noi.
  • Italy ~ 800 848 400 — Telefono Amico Centri in Rete. Rispondiamo al telefono in modo del tutto volontario, per il piacere di poterti stare accanto. Non siamo in grado di insegnarti nulla ma ascolteremo quello che hai da dire offrendoti uno spazio per sfogarti e per riflettere.
  • Italy ~ 800 86 00 22 — Samaritans onlus Italia. Quando vivere diventa troppo pesante e non c’è nessuno a cui rivolgerti, quando i problemi sembrano insopportabili, i Samaritans sono pronti a darti sostegno.
  • Lithuania ~ 8 800 28888 — Jaunimo psichologinės paramos centras „Jaunimo linija” – tai savanoriška tarnyba, teikianti psichologinę paramą telefonu ir internetu.
  • Luxembourg ~ 45 45 45 — SOS Detress. Das Telefon ist während 7 Tagen in der Woche besetzt: täglich von 15.00 bis 23.00 Uhr, sowie freitag- und samstagnachts von 23.00 bis 7.00 Uhr morgens.
  • Netherlands ~ 0900-0767 — Sensoor. Vanaf 1 januari 2010 gaat de chatdienst van Sensoor, de grootste aanbieder van hulp op afstand, uitbreiden. Vanaf 1 januari kan er drie dagdelen per dag gechat worden. Hierdoor worden de wachttijden nog korter.
  • Netherlands ~ 113 Online — Bij 113Online kun je hierover praten of in therapie: anoniem, vrijuit, gratis en 24/7. Als je denkt aan zelfmoord, als je je zorgen maakt om iemand of als je nabestaande bent.
  • Netherlands ~ 030-2943344 – 0900-0767 — SOS Telefonische Hulpdienst terecht. Als je, hoe dan ook, behoefte hebt aan een persoonlijk gesprek van mens tot mens, dan kun je bij de Sensoor – SOS Telefonische Hulpdienst terecht. 030-2943344 – 0900-0767 (landelijk nummer) – 24 uur per dag – vertrouwelijk anoniem.
  • Norway ~ 815 33 300 — Kirkens SOS. Kirkens SOS er en døgnåpen krisetjeneste. Vi tilbyr en anonym og uforpliktende samtale – på vår krisetelefon eller via en SOS-melding fra våre nettsider.
  • Portugal ~ 21 354 45 45 — SOS Voz Amiga. O Centro SOS Voz Amiga é um serviço de ajuda pelo telefone em situações agudas de sofrimento, frequentemente situações extremas de solidão, angústia, depressão ou risco de suicídio, que respeita, entre outros.
  • Portugal ~ 225 50 60 70 — Voz de apoi. Todos os dias, das 21h às 00h. Correio electrónica: [email protected]. Carta: Apartado 2533 /4401-401 Vila Nova de Gaia.
  • Scotland ~ 0800 83 85 87 — Breathing Space. Breathing Space is a free and confidential phoneline service for any individual, who is experiencing low mood or depression.
  • Serbia ~ 021/6-623-393 — Centar Srce. Centar Srce sa sedištem u Novom Sadu je volonterska, nevladina, neprofitna organizacija koja se bavi pružanjem emotivne podrške osobama u krizi i prevencijom samoubistva.
  • Sweden ~ 020-220060 — Nationella Hjälpinjen. Vi lyssnar. När du mår psykiskt dåligt behöver du någon som lyssnar. Vi ger dig råd och stöd samt vägleder dig vidare
  • Sweden ~ 031-711 24 00 eller 031-711 24 22 — Någon Att Tala Med. Telefonjouren är för närvarande bemannad på vardagskvällar kl. 18-22. Under sommarperioden har vi däremot inte öppet alla kvällar. De nummer du kan ringa är: 031-711 24 00 eller 031-711 24 22.
  • Switzerland ~ 027 321 21 21 — Parspas. Si tu es en état de détresse si ta vie n’a plus d’envie, ne restes pas seul/e parles-en à quelqu’un !
  • UK & Republic of Ireland ~ 08457 90 90 90 * (UK); 116 123 (ROI) — Samaritans. Offers telephone, email, letter and face-to-face support that is confidential and non-judgmental. Browse to find contact details.

Oceania

  • Australia ~ If life is in danger call 000. Call us on 13 11 14 — Lifeline Australia. Offers 24-hour telephone counselling, staffed by trained volunteers. Offers telephone suicide prevention crisis support 24/7, in addition to chat support.
  • Australia ~ 1800 198 313 — Samaritans. Learn about this suicide prevention organization that provides a 24 hour, non-religious, non-judgmental careline offering emotional support to the lonely, despairing and suicidal, or those at risk of becoming so.
  • Fiji ~ If life is in danger call 000. Call us on 13 11 14 — Lifeline Australia. Also offers support via chat.
  • New Zealand ~ 0800 543 345 — Lifeline New Zealand. Provides a free confidential and non-judgmental telephone counselling service. See contact details.
  • Papua New Guinea ~ 675 326 0011 — Lifeline Port Moresby. Provides a daytime counselling telephone number, face to face, and crisis support via chat through Lifeline Australia.
  • Samoa ~ Lifeline 800-5433 (800-LIFE) — Faataua Le Ola is Samoa’s only non-government organisation dedicated to achieving a suicide free Samoa 24/7.
  • Tonga ~ 23000 25144 Lifeline Tonga. Suicide.org offers this resource listing phone contact numbers in case of crisis.

South America

  • Argentina ~ (054 011) 4664-1936 — Programa de Prevención, Atención y Posvención del Suicidio.
  • Argentina ~ (54-11) 4758 – CAFS — Centros de Atención al Familiar del Suicidio offers a free helpline for people who are in distress and suicidal.
  • Bolivia, La Paz ~ 2248486 — Teléfono de la Esperanza. Provides a helpline telephone number in La Paz, Bolivia.
  • Chile ~ (00 56 42) 22 12 00 — Ofrece una línea de ayuda de crisis en Chile.
  • Colombia
  • **~ Barranquilla** ~ (00 57 5) 372 27 27 — Provides a helpline telephone number in Barranquilla, Colombia.
  • **~ Bogotá** ~ (57-1) 323 24 25 — Provides a suicide prevention helpline telephone number in Bogotá, Colombia.
  • **~ Medellín** ~ (00 57 4) 284 66 00 — Provides a suicide prevention helpline telephone number in Medellín, Colombia.
  • **~ San Juan de Pasto** ~ 3016326701 — Provides a suicide prevention helpline telephone number in San Juan de Pasto, Colombia.
  • Equador ~ (593) 2 6000477 – 2923327 — Provides a helpline telephone number in Quito, Equador.
  • Honduras ~ 558 08 08 — Teléfono de la Esperanza provides this helpline telephone number in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
  • Peru ~ (00 51 1) 273 8026 — Teléfono de la Esperanza provides a helpline telephone number in Lima, Peru.
  • Uruguay ~ 0800-Vive (8483) — Último Recurso. 0800-VIVE (8483) – de 19 a 23 horas – las 24 horas los 365 días del año. www.ultimorecurso.com.uy.