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Only7seconds is a mindset movement challenging individuals to use their abilities to intentionally fight against isolation.

When Kristin Wall’s son, Ethan, was bedridden for twenty-three days, he missed a lot more than school and the regional basketball championships. Over the course of his illness not one friend or teammate reached out to him, and as Kristin observed, that had a devastating impact on her son’s mental state. “I watched him go into depression,” she said. “These boys are boys I’ve fed and treated like sons for years… and not a single text came through.” 

“It was a lack of thought. They just haven’t been taught or they are so wrapped up in their own world that they didn’t stop to think how impactful a quick, seven-second text could be in 

At first, kristin was upset, but then she realized that her son's
friends hadn't reached out, but not because they didn't care. They simply didn't think to do so.

someone else’s life.” Numerous studies have shown that the ever increasing usage of cell phones actually leads to anxiety, depression and a feeling of isolation.

Over the next few months, Ethan recovered, but Kristin saw even more turmoil in her town as three local girls attempted suicide. Another young mother took her and her two-month-old baby girl's life. While these numbers seemed high, she realized that they were standard across the nation. In the last two decades, the rate of suicide in the United States has increased by 30% according to a report by the American Psychology Association. With this in mind, Kristin set out to make a difference. “Because of everything my family went through with my son and what our small town had faced, I felt led to create a movement called #only7seconds.” The goal of the movement was simple: spread kindness through thoughtfulness. “Take seven seconds out of your day to send a text telling someone that you are thinking of them.” To Kristin, this simple thought meant everything. “You never know if that text could be the one thing giving them an inkling that life is worth living.

“It was a lack of thought. They just haven’t been taught or they are so wrapped up in their own world that they didn’t stop to think how impactful a quick, seven-second text could be on someone else’s life.” Numerous studies have shown that the ever increasing usage of cell phones actually leads to anxiety, depression and a feeling of isolation.

Over the next few months, Ethan recovered, but Kristin saw even more turmoil in her town as three local girls attempted suicide, and another young mother took her and her two-month-old baby girl’s life. While these numbers seemed high, she realized that they were standard across the nation. In the last two decades, the rate of suicide in the United States has increased by 30% according to a report by the American Psychology Association. With this in mind, Kristin set out to make a difference. “Because of everything my family went through with my son and what our small town had faced, I felt led to create a movement called #only7seconds.” The goal of the movement was simple: spread kindness through thoughtfulness. “Taking seven seconds out of your day to send a text telling someone that you are thinking about them.” To Kristin, this simple thought meant everything. “You never know if that text could be the one thing that gives someone the inkling that life is worth living.”

At first, kristin was upset, but then she realized that her son's friends hadn't reached out, but not because they didn't care. They simply didn't think to do so.

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The Team

Kristin Wall

Visionary

Haleigh Engels

Executive
Assistant

Carina Lieberman

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
& PHOTOGRAPHER

Alyssa Gordon

Graphic Designer

Shilo Carpenter

Photographer

Executive Assistant

Ethan Wall

Eastern Washington Rep

regional reps

Ethan Freels

Eastern Washington Rep

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