Hotlines that help

Need to talk? Here’s a list of hotlines in Asia that can offer a listening ear, or respond in a crisis.

Singapore

Organisation

Scope

Contact

Mental Health Helpline/Institute of Mental Health

Open to anyone who comes into contact with individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Tel: 6389 2222 (24 hours)

Hotline/Samaritans of Singapore (SOS)

Provides emotional support for individuals having difficulty coping during a crisis, thinking of suicide or affected by suicide.

Tel: 1800-221 4444 (24 hours)

Email: pat@sos.org.sg

 

Malaysia

Organisation

Scope

Contact

Befrienders KL

Emotional support 24 hours a day for people who are lonely, in distress, in despair or having suicidal thoughts. Free and confidential.

Tel: 603-79568145

Email: sam@befrienders.org.my

Talian Kasih

A 24/7 nationwide helpline by the Malaysian government to provide emergency services for those with mental health problems, and/or victims of abuse.

Tel: 15999

Email: taliannur@kpwkm.gov.my

 

Philippines

Organisation

Scope

Contact

National Center for Mental Health

Organised by the Department of Health, this nationwide hotline is for anyone undergoing a mental health crisis, including suicide prevention.

Tel: 0917-899-8727

        989-8727

Hopeline

Hopeline is a 24/7 nationwide suicide prevention and emotional crisis intervention hotline developed by Natasha Goulbourn Foundation.

Tel: 632-804-4673

        0917-558-4673

        2919 (for Globe and TM Subscribers)

Tawag Paglaum-Centro Bisaya (Cebu)

A 24/7 hotline for suicide prevention and emotional crisis intervention established in Cebu.

Tel: 0939-9375433

        0939-9365433

        0927-6541629

Crisis Line Philippines

A free 24/7 nationwide telephone counselling service offered by In Touch Community Services, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that aims to improve mental health within communities. Services available in Tagalog and English.

Tel: 893-7606, 893-7603

        63 917 800 1123

        63 2 893 7603

        63 922 893 8944

Email: crisisline@i-manila.com.ph

 

Indonesia

Organisation

Scope

Contact

Ministry of Communication and Information Technology

A national general emergency hotline, that also covers suicide emergency. In such cases, a medical emergency responder will be sent to the scene.

This number does not provide psychological counselling for people who have suicidal thoughts.

Tel: 112

        119

 

India

Organisation

Scope

Contact

National Health Mission

A 24/7 nation-wide suicide prevention helpline.

Tel: 104

Vandrevala Foundation

A 24-7 national mental health helpline to aid patients, their relatives and others struggling with mental health problems. Services available in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and English.

Tel: 1860-266-2345

        1800-233-3330

AASRA(Mumbai)

A 24/7 helpline run by professionally trained volunteers to help patients and people struggling with mental health. Services available in English and Hindi.

Tel: 91-9820466726

Sneha (Chennai)

A suicide prevention organisation that offers unconditional emotional support for people who are depressed, desperate or suicidal. Sneha offers callers confidentiality and the services are free, and available in Tamil and English.

Tel: 044-24640050 (24 hours)

        044-24640060 (8am to 10pm daily)