Each year one million people kill themselves. Each death directly affects ten people and indirectly affects a further 50. So each year 60 million people are scarred by suicide.

There are several ways in which you can get involved in our work. You can:

Become a Befriender listener

You don't need any special qualifications to become a befriender.

Before you start, you will be well trained by experienced volunteers. You will learn how to listen in a caring and non-judgmental way. And when you start your work, there will be other volunteers on hand to befriend you - the work can be emotionally tough.

You will be an invaluable resource to people who feel they have nowhere else to turn. Who knows? - Talking to you may help someone save their life.

Each center conducts a selection and training program for new volunteers, and your nearest center will be pleased to give you more information. Click here to find the center nearest you.

Support our Internet efforts

Webmasters and site owners

By linking to our site you may help a suicidal person to save their own life.

For people who are lonely, despairing and considering suicide, the helplines found on this website are often the last hope - places where they can talk in complete confidence about their deepest fears and darkest secrets.

To link to us please use the following address www.befrienders.org for our information pages. Ideally we would like the text of the link to read "suicide and crisis support around the world".

Please do let our webmaster know that you linked to us, we would love to hear from you.