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]

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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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  • The 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) ([1]) 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 [2].
  • Suicide Action Montréal ([3]) 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 language for people across Canada. Their number is 514-723-4000.
  • Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing ([4]) 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.

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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