Suicide is a serious public health problem worldwide

1 in 100

deaths worldwide occur by suicide


leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds


Some 40 countries today still criminalise suicide, inhibiting for those in distress accessing lifesaving help

Annually 700,000 people die from suicide, and for every death, it’s estimated there are 20 attempts. But with the right support, suicide can be prevented – through raising awareness, learning the warning signs, encouraging helpseeking and committing to social and legal change. Crisis lines are a proven community-based suicide prevention resource, with our founding Members in operation for sixty years.


Over 200 LifeLine Centres operated by 29 Members in 25 countries – and growing.

Our international network of 29 independent Member organisations touches every region, across high-, middle- and low-income nations. We work with our Members to ensure more suicide prevention resources are available in more places, with greater access and reduced barriers. We seek to help more people throughout the world with access to crisis support when they need it most.

We connect our Members to work with greater impact in saving lives. We give our Members an authoritative and influential voice with leading international stakeholders on suicide prevention, the value of crisis lines and addressing the barriers of social stigma and ending the criminalisation of suicide.

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We support member LifeLine Organisations through:

Promoting, organising and conducting conventions, conferences, meetings and educational programmes aimed at promoting the objectives of LifeLine International and our Members.

Capturing, sharing and disseminating knowledge and learnings drawn from LifeLine International members, partners and our wider network.

Facilitating member access to knowledge through resources, issues focused training, links to subject matter experts and through communities of practice.

We represent members with organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Alliance of Crisis Helplines (WACH), the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP) and other organisations, to be an authoritative and influential voice on suicide prevention across the world.

LifeLine International seeks opportunities to diversify and grow our income to ensure that we have the capacity to deliver our strategic plan and empower our Members to deliver sustainable services.