Iqbal, Jahan, Matin (2019) Descriptive characteristics of callers to an emotional support and suicide prevention helpline in Bangladesh (first five years) Asian journal of psychiatry 45() 63-65


Although crisis helplines are an established method of suicide prevention, there is little research on their operation in developing countries. This paper reviews calls (N = 14,344) to the only suicide prevention hotline in Bangladesh during the first five years of the helpline's operation. Call characteristics were recorded on checklists, compiled, and analyzed. Results indicate that callers are about half male, mostly between the ages of twenty and thirty-nine, and mostly not suicidal. Callers display a wide range of reasons for calling, with relationship issues, mental illness/substance abuse, and emotions constituting the majority of calls. Copyright © 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.