Fight against teen suicide

A support system based on 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 provides professional help for teens in distress. It offers expert care, responding to the unique needs and lifestyles of teenagers. The Malatavie Crisis Unit is considered as a centre of reference in the area of teen suicide with an international recognition.

The Malatavie Crisis Unit comprises a multi-disciplinary team which supports teenagers as well as their relatives.

“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







Malatavie Ados Line 

HUG-Children Action

022 372 42 42  (24h/24 - 7j/7)

 Professionals respond to calls from young
people aged 13 to 25 as well as their close relatives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



The future House of the Child and Adolescent (MEA)


As of 2023, the MEA will welcome children or teenagers aged 0 to 25 years old.


Centered around adoslescent medecine, and child and adolescent psychiatric care, the MEA will represent a unique concept in Europe. It will place Geneva as its center of excellence in Switzerland, offering in one single place, a complete chain of care (out-patient consultations, day hospitals, hospital beds), while also integrating cultural activities.


Born from an idea of Professor François Ansermet, member of Children Action’s Board of Trustees and then Head Doctor of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service  (SPEA) of HUG, the MEA is thought out to offer a new vision of child and adolescent psychiatry, which is too often stigmatized.


Having understood the medical and societal challenges of the project, Children Action, a longstanding partner of HUG and more specifically of the SPEA, has played a leading role in the vision and the implementation possibilities for the creation of the MEA. Its commitment, since the beginning, not only on financial issues but also in strategic reflexion, has allowed the MEA to become a reality and for HUG to mobilize itself to expand the public/private partnership with the substantial contribution from another local Fondation


Since the beginning

in 1996, the MALATAVIE care units has
provided care for

5,001 teenagers.

Over the same period, MALATAVIE prevention registered 13,424 calls, emails, whatsapp,  75% of which concerned a  risk of suicide

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.


Rue de la Terrassière 14

1207 Geneva


T: + 41 22 736 61 00


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