Have you lost a loved one to suicide?

We are here to support you.

Having been close to someone who has committed suicide can be very difficult. It may be hard for you to talk to other friends and family members about this kind of loss. Many lives are affected by suicide, not just 10 or so family and close friends.

It is estimated up to 60 people are personally affected by the suicide of one person. What that means is that if a 1000 people a year chose to die, 60,000 people a year know someone who has committed suicide. They all may need help too. If you need to talk to someone who can just listen, please call us.


The Befrienders offer absolute confidentiality.

We do not have caller ID on our telephones.

Nothing that our callers say or write to us ever goes beyond the centre - whatever the circumstances, age of the caller or state of mind. There are no exceptions to this rule unless you the caller gives us permission to do so depending on the situation.

Our Services

The Befrienders Penang came into existence in the year 1978. The service started with a small group of 12 volunteers offering a three hour service on weekdays. We are actively pursuing our ambition of providing a 24 hour service.

The service that we offer is called Befriending. Befriending is non-judgmental, confidential support that allows the caller to express his or her fears, worries and feelings to someone who has the time to listen. We offer this service in a number of ways:

  • A telephone hotline service every day of the year
  • Email befriending