Although a recently registered charity, we are a longstanding network of thirty four years. Many of the centres in our network have been providing a service to their community for over 40 years and have impacted the suicide taboo in their societies 



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What is Befrienders Worldwide?

Befrienders Worldwide is a network of 169 independent emotional support centres in 29 countries that have an impact on suicide and suicidal behaviour. These centres provide an open space for those in distress to talk and be heard. This service is provided via telephone helplines, SMS messaging, face to face, outreach, partnerships and the internet.


Befrienders Worldwide Vision

Our vision is to contribute to a society where suicide is understood both locally and globally, leading to fewer deaths by suicide. We aim to be a principal resource in emotional support and to share research which can lead to innovative service practices, delivered by volunteers.


Befrienders Worldwide Core Beliefs

We believe in giving a person the opportunity to explore feelings which can cause distress, the importance of being listened to, in confidence, anonymously, and without prejudice. We value that a person has the fundamental decision about their own life.