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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Country Organization
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Australia
  • Lifeline (lifeline.org.au) is a 24-hour nationwide service that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services.[2]
  • Kids Help Line (kidshelp.com.au) 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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Bangladesh
  • Kaan Pete Roi (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.[3]
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Canada
  • Kids Help Phone (kidshelpphone.ca) 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) ([3]) 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 [4].
  • Suicide Action Montréal ([5]) 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 ([6]) 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 (translifeline.org) is a toll-free crisis hotline available in the United States and in Canada for transgender people staffed by transgender people.[4]
  • Youthspace.ca ([7]) 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.
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Cayman Islands
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France

  • 15 is the national emergency line. 24-hour and free.
  • 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).
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Germany
  • Telefonseelsorge (24/7, no cost): 0800 111 0 111 (Protestant), 0800 111 0 222 (Catholic), 0800 111 0 333 (for children and youth)
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India
  • AASRA (AASRA-Helps in suicide prevention) is a 24-hour nationwide voluntary, professional and confidential service that provides access to crisis support and suicide prevention.
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Iran
  • 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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Ireland
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Italy
  • Servizio per la Prevenzione del Suicidio (SPS) (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
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Japan
  • TELL ([8]) provides a free, confidential English-language Lifeline service, plus clinical mental health services, for the international community in Japan.[7]
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Korea
  • Suicide.org (suicide.org) 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.[8]
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Mauritius
  • 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.
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Netherlands
  • 113Online (113Online.nl) 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.
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New Zealand
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Romania
  • Alianţa Română de Prevenţie a Suicidului ([9]) 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.
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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.
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United Kingdom
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United States

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