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Participants attend a forum organised by Befrienders Kenya

Who We Are

Befrienders Kenya is a charitable organisation focusing on suicide prevention by offering emotional support to those who may be in distress and therefore in danger of dying by suicide as well as creating awareness on suicide within communities. It is so far, the only organisation in Kenya with a specific focus on suicide prevention.

The services are run by volunteers and sustained through donations from well wishers and through partnership with Africa Mental Health Foundation.

Befrienders Kenya was registered as Samaritan Kenya in 2004 as a non-profit organization.However active Samaritans work did not start until October 2007 when the office was officially set up. In 2013 the organization changed its name to Befrienders Kenya in line with the global network which also covers the geographical areas under which the organization falls. 

Our Vision:A society in which fewer people die by suicide.

Our Mission:To provide confidential emotional support

for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or

despair and through focused programs create awareness

aimed at suicide prevention.

Our Values are based on these beliefs:

  • Suicide is, most times, preventable.
  • The opportunity to talk about and explore difficult
  • feelings is often therapeutic.
  • Being listened to, in confidence and accepted without
  • prejudice can alleviate despair and suicidal feelings
  • and help one to explore other available options.


  • A member of Befrienders Worldwide, a network of
  • charitable
  •  organizations across the globe sharing a similar focus of
  • providing emotional support as away of reducing deaths
  • by suicide.
  • A member of International Association for Suicide Prevention.

​​Our Programs

  • Emotional Support

   Provide free listening and counseling services through face-face,

   E-mails, sms, calls and the social media.

  • Community awareness on suicide prevention

 Creating awareness on Suicide and Suicide prevention through forums, outreach activities and marking of the World Suicide Prevention day

annually to raise awareness on suicide and suicide prevention and this

has contributed to publicity of the day in Kenya. 

Reduction of Stigma associated with Suicide

​ Kenya has  number of people dying by suicide due to depression and distress.  Suicide is a taboo topic in Kenya and other African countries, that is the reason why Befrienders Kenya is working on sensitizing the public on the issue as away of breaking the silence.

Seek For Help


Depressed, Discouraged, Hopeless, Lonely, Fearful, Stressed or Suicidal.


Sharing your problems will ease your burden; help you see things more clearly. You will better, stronger and more able to handle the situation.

at Befrienders Kenya, we help by listening: 

No matter what the problem is, however hopeless things may seem, together we can find a way through the  pain that you are feeling. 

Do not go through the pain alone. Sometimes, when you feel all alone and no one seems to understand or care, call us. We care and are here for you. 


We are here to listen. Everything you say is strictly confidential. You do not have to tell us who you are.



Information for this website has been taken from Befrienders Worldwide and NHS UK direct.

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