If you would like to contact us about participating in a country program, please use the Get Involved form. If you'd like to find out about Lifeline International, you can visit their Media Centre. And if you'd like to comment on or correct information presented in this website let us know via the form below.
Select an Inquiry Type
Stakeholder Type



Country Profile


Become Involved
Are You In A Crisis Right Now?

Is Suicide Decriminalised?

Has the country decriminalised suicide, with clear legal frameworks and policy positions?


Are Crisis Lines Available?

Is free, confidential support from a helpline or hotline available? Status provided by find a helpline.


National Suicide Prevention Strategy?

Is there a national suicide prevention strategy, such as from the WHO, and does include decriminalisation, if known?


Population in Need of Support Per Year

Based on the WHO likely attempted suicide rate.

As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Strength Of Support (Local Qualitative Assessment)

Political Support

Civil Society Support

Religious / Cultural Support

Legislative Activity

Suicide Rate Per 100K Per Year, all Sexes (SDG 3.4.2)

per 100,000
WHO 2019 for SDG 3.4.2. Global average 1 per 100,000

Suicide Deaths Per Year (By Population)

per annum
As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Jordan, officially known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is strategically positioned in the Middle East, bordering Israel, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. It is home to a rich tapestry of ethnic groups, including Arabs, Circassians, and Chechens. is famous for historical sites like Petra and Jerash, which unite thousands of years of continual inhabitation to the region.

Jordan's religious makeup is predominantly Sunni Islam, with minority Christian, Druze and Baha'i communities.

Jordan operates under an Islamic Law (Sharia) legal system, with some Common Law and parliamentary procedures inherited from the United Kingdom during a short post-war colonial period. Among the laws were those criminalising suicide, which do not appear in the 1960 Penal Code.

In April 2022, Jordan made an unusual reversal and criminalised attempted suicide. It passed a draft law approving six-month jail terms for anyone attempting suicide and a fine of 100 Jordanian dinars. The decision by the House of Representatives, in a parliamentary session chaired by parliament speaker Abdel Karim Al-Dughmi, sparked criticism from medical professionals and activists. It highlights the need for greater mental health awareness in the region.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advocates for the decriminalisation of suicide and suicide attempts. Finding out more and removing such laws removes stigma and allows avenues for providing appropriate mental health support to individuals in crisis.

Criminalising suicide punishes distress. Decriminalising suicide saves lives.

This country profile has been compiled from available research and verified as well as possible. If you wish to supply clarifications, updates, feedback, facts or data, please use the Contact Us form on this page. And if you want your country to take ownership of managing and sharing this information, and progress being made, please register your interest in participating via our Get Involved form.