2021 Sep 10
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.
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.
Head Office: 60/7, Horton Place, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sumithrayo – Colombo
E-mail Helpline: firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com
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.
Telephone: 0112 578 234
Facebook: National Institute of Mental Health, Sri Lanka
Address: NIMH, Mulleriyawa New Town
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
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
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.
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!
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