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. There have been studies in the United States[1] and Australia[2] which show that suicide crisis lines may help people who feel like killing or hurting themselves and may make them feel better. 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.[3]

Crisis lines by country[edit]

Country Lines
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Argentina
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Argentina.
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Armenia
  • 112 and 911 are the national emergency numbers in Armenia.
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Australia
  • 000 is the national emergency number in Australia.
  • Lifeline (https://www.lifeline.org.au/) is a 24-hour nationwide service that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services.[4] It can be reached at 13 11 14. They also offer an online chat service.
  • Kids Helpline (https://kidshelpline.com.au/) is a 24-hour nationwide service that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and counselling services for Australians aged 5–25. It can be reached at 1800 55 1800. In addition the Kids Helpline does also provide online chat services.
  • Beyond Blue (https://www.beyondblue.org.au) provides nationwide information and support regarding anxiety, depression, and suicide. It has a helpline which can be reached by calling 1300 22 4636. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, the organization also provides online chat from 15-24.
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Austria
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Austria.
  • 142 is the number of Telefonseelsorge (http://www.telefonseelsorge.at/) in Austria. Free of charge, operating 24 hours a day.
  • 147 is the number of Rat auf Draht (https://www.rataufdraht.at/), a crisis number especially for children, juveniles and their attachment figures. Free of charge, operating 24 hours a day.
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The Bahamas
  • 911 is the national emergency number in The Bahamas.
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Bangladesh
  • 999 is the national emergency number in Bangladesh. 199 is the national number for ambulance and fire.
  • Kaan Pete Roi (http://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.[5]
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Barbados
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Barbados.
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Belgium
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Bolivia
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Bolivia.
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Botswana
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Botswana.
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Brazil
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Bulgaria
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Bulgaria.
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Canada
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China
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Croatia
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Croatia.
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Cyprus
  • 112 and 199 are the national emergency numbers in Cyprus.
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Czech Republic
  • 112 is the national emergency number in the Czech Republic.
  • Modrá linka (http://www.modralinka.cz/) is a line of trust not only for children and youth. They provide a phone support at +420608902410 from 9AM to 9PM and a chat.
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Denmark
  • Livslinien (https://www.livslinien.dk) offers telephone support 11am-4am on 70 201 201, or online chat
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Denmark.
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Egypt
  • 122 is the national emergency number in Egypt.
  • 126 is the foreigners emergency number in Egypt.
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Estonia
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Estonia.
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Finland
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Finland.
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France
  • 112 is the national emergency number in France, 15 is the number for ambulances, 114 for all emergency services for deaf using FAX or SMS and 17 is for police.
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Germany
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Germany.
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Ghana
  • 999 is the national emergency number in Ghana.
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Greece
  • 1018 (http://suicide-help.gr) is the national emergency number in Greece, 166 is the number for ambulances, 199 for the fire department, 100 is for police.
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Guyana
  • 999 is the national emergency number in Guyana.
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Hong Kong
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Hungary
  • 112 is the national emergency number for Hungary. 104 is the national number for ambulances and 107 is for police
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India
  • 112 is the national emergency number for India.
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Indonesia
  • 112 is the national emergency number for Indonesia.
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Ireland
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Italy
  • 112 is the national emergency number for Italy.
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Jordan
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Jordan.[6]
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Korea
  • 112 and 119 are the national emergency numbers for police and ambulances in South Korea.
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Luxembourg
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Luxembourg.
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Malaysia
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Mauritius
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Mexico
  • 911 is the national emergency number in Mexico.
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Netherlands
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Norway
  • 112 and 113 is the national emergency numbers for police and ambulances in Norway
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The Philippines
  • 911 is the national emergency number in the Philippines.
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Poland
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Poland.
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Portugal
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Portugal.
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Romania
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Romania.
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Russia
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Russia.
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South Africa
  • 10111 and 10177 are the national emergency numbers for the police and ambulances in South Africa.
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Slovenia
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Slovenia.
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Singapore
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Sweden
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Sweden.
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Switzerland
  • 112 is the national emergency number in Switzerland.
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United Kingdom
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United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gould MS, Kalafat J, Harrismunfakh JL, et al. An evaluation of crisis hotline outcomes. Part 2: Suicidal callers. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2007 Jun;37(3):338-52. PMID 1757954
  2. ^ King R, Nurcombe B, Bickman L, Hides L, et al. Telephone counselling for adolescent suicide prevention: changes in suicidality and mental state from beginning to end of a counselling session. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2003 Winter;33(4):400-11. PMID 14695055
  3. ^ Samaritans:Chad Varah[https://web.archive.org/web/20120209033628/http://www.samaritans.org/media_centre/latest_press_releases/chad_biography.aspx Archived 2012-02-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Watson, Robert J.; McDonald, John; Pearce, Dora C. (2006-11-01). "An exploration of national calls to Lifeline Australia: social support or urgent suicide intervention?". British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. 34 (4): 471–482. doi:10.1080/03069880600942582. ISSN 0306-9885. 
  5. ^ Afrin, Afrin (22 January 2014). "Talk share unburden". Dhaka Tribune. 
  6. ^ "Emergency Numbers in Jordan". 
  7. ^ "110 for Families & Children". Jordan River. 
  8. ^ "More Teens call SOS about Mental Health Problems". Straits Times. 2 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Kash Cheong (18 October 2014). "Now, Anyone Can Call the Insititute of Mental Health Helpline, 24/7". Straits Times. 
  10. ^ Janice Tai (5 October 2015). "Calls to Mental Health Hotline Surge by 70%". Straits Times. 
  11. ^ "Money woe calls to Samaritans double". BBC. 19 December 2011. 
  12. ^ Charity Commission. List of suicide crisis lines, registered charity no. 1110621. 
  13. ^ NHS Health Promotion/Campaign Against Living Miserably
  14. ^ Hoffman, Jan (23 February 2012). "Trying to Find a Cry of Desperation Amid the Facebook Drama". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Jenna (15 November 2010). "Feeling depressed? Say something. Worried about a friend? Say something". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "About". suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  17. ^ "National Suicide Prevention Lifeline". chat.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Retrieved 2017-04-13. 
  18. ^ Hempel, Jessi (29 May 2015). "Texts From Teens Build Real-Time Maps of Crisis in America". Wired. 
  19. ^ "Campaign Offers Help to Gay Youths". The New York Times. 19 October 2010.