The Befrienders is a non-profit organization modeled after Samaritans, a movement started in London in 1953. Since then, the movement has spread to about 40 countries and now has over 400 centers around the world.
In 1970, a group of pioneer Malaysians was concerned about the emotional well being of the community after the occurrence of communal riots on the 13th May 1969.
With the assistance of professional psychiatrists and psychologists from University Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, Befrienders Kuala Lumpur was established.
WHO ARE THE BEFRIENDERS
1) We are FRIENDS to those who are suicidal, depressed or in despair.
2) We are there when things are too much, when no one cares and no one will listen.
3) You can tell any Befriender how you feel and why everything is so bad.
4) You can share your innermost feelings without fear or criticism or judgement, safe in the knowledge that it will be kept confidential.
5) We are a multi-racial, non religious organization and we are available to everyone, regardless of creed, race, religion, age or sex.
THE BEFRIENDERS WORLDWIDE CHARTER
1) The primary purpose of Befrienders centers is to provide emotional support to people who are suicidal, or in general distress.
2) Centers are mainly resourced by volunteers.
3) Anonymity and confidentiality are respected.
4) Centers are non-political, non-religious and non-sectarian, and volunteers do not seek to impose their own convictions on anyone.
5) Volunteers are selected, trained, mentored and supported by other experienced volunteers and any necessary relevant professional experts.
6) Where appropriate, callers may be invited to consider seeking professional help in addition to the emotional support offered by the centre.
7) We are mutually supportive and committed to sharing information with fellow member centers, and participating in processes and activities of the network.
A world in which fewer people feel the need to end their own lives.
To alleviate distress and help reduce the risk of suicide through emotional support and public education.
1) To provide emotional support to the distressed and the suicidal at all times.
2) To impart emotional support skills to the community.
3) To instill coping skills for better mental health.
4) To create awareness of the causes of suicide and how it can be prevented.
5) To increase our effectiveness by working in partnership with others.
6) To become a suicide prevention resource center.