Those seeking support during a mental health or emotional crisis may dial 988 to connect to a nationwide support network beginning tomorrow. The transition to a simplified three-digit number is meant to increase access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will operate similar to 911. The move was facilitated by almost $300M in federal funding to both expand telephone infrastructure and increase call center staff. Via the network, trained counselors at more than 180 centers will be available over phone, text, or chat—users may call on behalf of themselves or others. The current 10-digit number has received more than 20 million calls since it was launched in 2005. Suicide was one of the three leading causes of death in the US for those between 10 and 24 years of age in 2020 and claimed nearly 46,000 lives that year (see data)—almost double the number of homicides.
ST. FRANCES DE CHANTAL PARISH MISSION STATEMENT Called by God, we commit ourselves to the following goals: Responding to the call of EVANGELIZATION, we bring the message of Jesus to all by witnessing the Good News. Responding to the call to SERVE, we accept the challenge as witnesses of God’s unconditional love. Responding to the call to CELEBRATE joyfully through prayer and worship, we affirm our giftedness as individuals, as families, and as community. ST. FRANCES DE CHANTAL PARISH VISION We believe we are responsible to the parishioners of our faith community to manage our time and talent effectively and to be good stewards of the resources they provide us. We must always demonstrate prudent stewardship and accountability for human capital and financial resources given to the parish by parishioners. To serve this community in the most effective manner possible, we strive to do the following: Provide a professional environment where associates are satisfied with the quality of work life, have the tools needed to be effective, and have a sense of ownership regarding the overall success of our ministry. Transact business with the most efficient processes compared with other public organizations. Stay abreast of, and invest in, technology that