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FIRST SUMMARY DRAFT
It includes an extremely strategic N.A. toll-free number plus its digital local (205) mirror number. After a year of silent hard work, this Focus-group SFT02.02, created specifically to support EWTN, after virtually hopelessly negotiations, purchases and number transfers, under challenging circumstances and novenas entrusted to Mother Angelica, finally secured the number 1-800-24/7-EWTN (just compare it with the EWTN's "Everything Number"). Those numbers will be able to receive calls from anywhere in North America, plus the local Birmingham AL mirror number 205-24/7-EWTN. This local number (mirror) is now under tech-tests in a digital cloud platform for mobile apps integrated into a digital contact center technology, where we are working on technical solutions in order to make it capable of re-routing a large volume of free calls/chats via WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook, Google, etc., from anywhere in the world in several languages, virtually at the same time.
Temporary Note: If you have any suggestion or concern for this focus-group, you can contact us just by using this toll-free # or its local mirror #, calling us 205 24/7-EWTN or 1-800 24/7-EWTN (for a limited time only, evidently). You can also reach us by adding the 205 mirror # to your WhatsApp after February 2019. Eventual donations to this project should be made directly to EWTN.com . (The Pope Paul VI Foundation never asks for financial donations).
Marcel Lejeune, the founder of Catholic Missionary Disciples, said that "The more I listen to the experiences of Catholics, the more I get the sense that we are facing a quiet epidemic of loneliness. [...] The epidemic is quiet, because few talks about it, and the sad thing is - who would they talk about it with? It is an epidemic, largely because we aren't doing anything substantial about it. [...]
Lonely Catholics are a sign that the Church is lacking something substantial in community. Why? Because Christianity isn’t meant to be done by yourself! This means that we need to re-learn what it means to find friendship, community, and relationship with one another. Without these things, we are incomplete, because we are meant to live life with each other." (Please watch the video below, at the triple asterisk "End Notes" *** loneliness epidemic video-link).
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**** = Suicide and depression at any age can also be substantially prevented or minimized by the power of the Gospel/HolySpirit over voice/chat communications. Evidently, it needs to be detected/intercepted by caring volunteer media missionaries able to follow through as a team, during a long-term mentorship preventive relation based on personal evangelization. In particular, vulnerable/lonely children and teens desperately need such a suplementary pro-family educational-healing ministry.
"According to a recent article by Dr. Edith Bacho-Sanchez, the number of children and teens in the United States who visited emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts doubled between 2007 and 2015, according to a new analysis.
Researchers used publicly available data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, administered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every year. From the 300 emergency rooms sampled, the researchers tracked the number of children between 5 and 18 who received a diagnosis of suicidal ideation or suicide attempts each year.
Diagnoses of either condition increased from 580,000 in 2007 to 1.12 million in 2015, according to the study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. The average age of a child at the time of evaluation was 13, and 43% of the visits were in children between 5 and 11. Suicides under age 13: One every 5 days.
"The numbers are very alarming," said Dr. Brett Burstein, the lead study author and a pediatric emergency room physician at Montreal Children's Hospital of McGill University Health Centre. "It also represents a larger percentage of all pediatric emergency department visits. Where suicidal behavior among the pediatric population was just 2% of all visits, that's now up to 3.5%."
Depression and a prior suicide attempt are the two biggest risk factors for suicide, and with rates of suicide on the rise, it makes sense for risk factors to increase as well, he explained.
The reason? It's complicated. One reason for the increase in depression and suicidal behaviors may be more stress and pressure on kids, Beresin said. "Kids are feeling more pressure to achieve, more pressure in school, and are more worried about making a living than in previous years," he said. Parents and caregivers are also more stressed, Beresin said, adding that rates of suicides have increased in all age groups over the past 20 years and that the stress is passed down to children and teens.
Burstein, who regularly sees children and teens in the emergency department with suicidal behaviors, worries that the rates will continue to increase. "We are seeing an acceleration of this issue, and I worry that we have not yet seen the peak," he said."