IFOTES is an international federation founded in 1967 that brings together National Associations of Telephone Emergency Service which offer emotional support, immediately accessible to any person suffering from loneliness, in a state of psychological crisis, or contemplating suicide.
Those who call benefit from a genuine human relationship based on non-judgmental listening, offered by experienced trained volunteers. This support is entirely confidential and free of charge.
IFOTES’ mission is to promote the exchange of experiences amongst its national members by organizing congresses, training sessions and seminars, which contribute to the quality of the services offered by its members. It also supports all efforts to create telephone emergency service centres and national associations worldwide.
The last issue of IFOTES newsletter, with an address of the president Stefan Schumacher, news from the last International Committee in Oslo, a report on the new world alliance of helplines called WACH, interesting projects and awards received by IFOTES members in Hungary, Spain and Finland.