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Help lines and resources
In an emergency situation, you may need to call an ambulance for someone—so call 144.
If it’s you yourself that’s feeling down and like you have nowhere else to turn, there’s a 24 hours a day, seven days a week phone number that you can call in Switzerland—the number is 143.
La main tendue in French
Die Dargebotenen Hand in German
Essentially it’s like the Samaritans service in the UK and the U.S. There’s someone on the other end of the phone who can listen to you and give you advice. The call is totally confidential.
The telephone number 147 is a dedicated Swiss-wide helpline for children/adolescents.
You could also talk to your family doctor if you have one, or go to one of the many medical centres around the country—permanences as we call them in the French speaking part—where you will be able to talk to a doctor.
Accident and Emergency departments of hospitals are another possibility.
Please don’t suffer in silence. Get help.