Fight against teen suicide

“Suicides are preventable. Even so, every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world and many more attempt suicide. Suicides occur in all regions of the world and throughout the lifespan. Notably, among young people 15-29 years of age, suicide is the second leading cause of death globally.”


Source : WHO - Preventing suicide : A Global Imperative 2014

Responsiveness, accessibility and continuity in the fight against suicide.

In order to fight the devastating impact of teen suicide in Switzerland, Children Action, in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), established the Malatavie Crisis Unit in 1996. Focusing on suicide care and prevention, this structure proposes professional help for teens in distress. It offers expert care responding to the unique needs and lifestyles of teenagers. Malatavie Crisis Unit is considered as a center of reference in the area of teen suicide with a an international recognition.

The Malatavie Crisis Unit is composed of a multi-disciplinary team which supports teenagers as well as their relatives. Malatavie provides the following three types of care:



  • a place for listening, reception and prevention.


  • a Helpline 
    Malatavie Teen Line : 022 372 42 42, available  24 hours a day - 7 days a week, for young people aged 13 to 25 years of age as well as for their close relatives.

aiRe d'ados


The aiRe d’ados' platform was set up in 2014, as an initiative of Malatavie, in order to strengthen the existing network for at-risk youths and to create links to weave a safety net around them.

Bringing together more than 60 health and social care professionals, aiRe d’ados proposes resources in response
to the public health problem of suicidal tendencies and behavioural risk among youths aged 13 to 25 years living in Geneva. As a prevention device, Aire d’ados encourages a broad range of partnerships across multiple disciplines on a multipurpose platform to create links to weave a safety net around distressed youth and to develop new, flexible and reactive approaches

Malatavie Ligne Ados 

HUG-Children Action

022 372 42 42  ( 24h/24 - 7j/7)

Professional call answering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


A Genève, de nombreuses structures offrent un large choix d’aides et de ressources pour les jeunes âgés de 12 à 25 ans, leurs familles et les professionnels qui les entourent.


Trouvez, en quelques clics seulement, l’information ou l’aide dont vous avez besoin parmi ces centaines de structures, sur le site

The mix of patients cared for is approximately 

2/3 girls and 1/3 boys.

The average age of the teens
helped remains constant, at around 16 years of age

Since the beginning

in 1996, the Malatavie Crisis Unit has
provided care for

 4,500 teenagers.

Over the same period, the Ados Line registered 8,958 calls, 75%  of which concerned a

risk of suicide


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