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.
This year IFOTES celebrates its 50th anniversary, being started in Geneva in 1967 by the first European helplines that were already established in national federations in their respective countries.
To celebrate this communit IFOTES has produced a short 20 minute movie, watch it now.
12-13 October 2017 in Angers, France to discuss strategies in recruiting volunteers on a local level