List of suicide crisis lines

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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 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.[1]

Country Organization
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  • Lifeline ( is a 24-hour nationwide service that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services.[2]
  • Kids Help Line ( is a 24-hour nationwide service that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and counselling services for Australians aged 5–25
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  • 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]
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Cayman Islands
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  • Iran Organization of Well Being [6] 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.
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New Zealand
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United Kingdom
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United States