Suicide Prevention: Helplines That Could Save A Life

Life is precious, and human life is even more precious, because we have the ability to do a lot of good for ourselves and the world. We have the ability to save lives and share the gift of life with others. Many people are afraid or ashamed to speak about or seek help for their mental health. As a result, they suffer deeply, sometimes leading to suicidal ideation. It could even be you or someone around you who is suffering. So, here are a few places you could reach out to if you or a loved one experiences suicidal thoughts or is suffering mentally and emotionally.


If you or anyone you know has suicidal thoughts, contact the crisis support hotline immediately.

The CCCline aims to empower the callers by supporting them to understand their issues better and come up with solutions to their problems. The CCCline is an initiative of the CCC Foundation in partnership with Lifeline in Australia.

Reach out to them if you are experiencing domestic violence, family disputes, relationship and marital problems, sexual abuse, workplace issues, psychiatric illnesses and disorders, drug and alcohol issues, child abuse, mental health concerns, bullying at school or workplace, examinations and study pressures, grief due to the death of a loved one, grief due to a divorce, personal issues or any matters of emotional wellbeing.

Hotline: 1333

Phone: 0777 701 273


Social Media:
Facebook: CCC Foundation- Courage, Compassion, Commitment
Instagram: ccc_foundation

Address: CCC Foundation Inc. (Sri Lanka), C/O Classic Travel (Pvt) Ltd, 379/4, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.


The Sumithrayo centres are spread out across Sri Lanka. Sumithrayo functions as a non-political, non-religious organisation focused on providing emotional support to those with suicidal ideation. They also conduct awareness programmes on Suicide prevention in Sri Lanka.

Hotline : 0112 682 535 / 0112 682 570

Mobile/WhatsApp: 0767 520 620 0777 723 696

Social Media:
Facebook: Sumithrayo
Instagram: sumithrayosl

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Head Office: 60/7, Horton Place, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sumithrayo – Colombo

Hotline: 0112 692 909 / 0112 683 555

E-mail Helpline: [email protected]

Address: 60/B Horton Place, Colombo 07

Sumithrayo – Colombo South

Hotline: 0114 404 536

Address: 28/3 A 4th Lane, Epitamulla Road, Pita Kotte

Sumithrayo ‘Mel Medura’’

Hotline: 0112 694 665

E-mail Helpline: [email protected]

Address: 60 Horton Place, Colombo 07

Sumithrayo – Katunayaka

Address: c/o Bodhirathanarama Temple, Airport Road, Katunayake

Sumithrayo – Kandy

Hotline: 0812 234 806

Address: 693/4 Peradeniya Road, Mulgampola, Kandy

Sumithrayo – Bandarawela

Address: YWCA Nursery School Building, Senanayake Mawatha, Bandarawela

Sumithrayo – Panduwasnuwara

Hotline: 0372 291 718

Address: Kurunegala Road, Hettipola

Sumithrayo – Kurunegala

Address: c/o Bodhirathanarama Temple, Kurunegala

Sumithrayo – Matale

Hotline: 0662 223 521

Address: 3 Kings Street, Matale

Sumithrayo – Mawanella

Address: Gamage Hospital, 121 Palaygoda Road, Medirigama, Mawanella

Sumithrayo – Panadura

Hotline: 0382 235 291

Address: 578/3 Galle Road, Uyankelle, Panadura

National Institute of Mental Health

You may contact the toll-free national mental health helpline to receive mental health assistance from trained professionals at NIMH.

Helpline: 1926

Telephone: 0112 578 234


Email: [email protected]

Social Media:
Facebook: National Institute of Mental Health, Sri Lanka

Address: NIMH, Mulleriyawa New Town

Shanthi Maargam

This offers a safe space for children and adolescents. Reach out to them through their hotline any day of the week between 8 am and 10 pm if you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk.

Hotline: 0717 639 898

Phone: 0112 665 126


Social Media:
Instagram: shanthimaargam

Address: 109/12, 1st lane, Gothami Road 00800 Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Semicolon Effect

This is a support group for those struggling with mental health issues. They host informative sessions on mental health and share tips from professional psychologists via social media to help you care for your mental health.

Phone: 0789 072 566

Social Media:
Facebook: The Semicolon Effect
Instagram: thesemicoloneffect

Sri Lanka Police

Their mission is to protect and serve the public with no prejudices – equity to all. Reach out to the emergency hotline if you or anyone is in distress.

Hotline: 119

IG’s Help Desk: 0112 444 480 / 0112 444 483

Police Headquarters: 0112 421 111

Child & Women Bureau: 0112 444 444


Please be kind. If anyone you know is suffering mentally or experiencing suicidal thoughts, do talk to them. And listen to them. You can never know what someone is going through, so don’t assume or place any judgements. It would mean the world to them to know that you care for them and that you can be a safe space for them. Also, reach out to a professional immediately if you feel someone’s life is in danger. These helplines provide mental and emotional support, evaluate suicide risk, and refer callers to counselling, social and emergency services that can save lives!

Hope you found this article helpful! Let us know in the comments below if we have missed out on any places. Also, share this information, it could help someone in need!

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