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.
Die Kraft der Verwundbarkeit (The power of vulnerability): speech of Prof. Clemens Sedmak at IFOTES congress in Gothenburg (SE) - 11 July 2013
The next international congress will be held in Aachen - Germany 19-22 July 2016. The title is "For life to go on - 50 years of providing emotional support and preventing suicide". The congress web-site will be launched soon.
16-20 June 2015 in Montreal - Canada: New Discoveries and Technologies in Suicide Prevention