Tangipahoa Parish School System, Tangipahoa Chamber, Tangipahoa Parish Government, Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa and Southeastern Louisiana University’s Counseling Center is sponsoring a screening of My Ascension. The screening will be held Monday, August 29th in Southeastern’s Student Union Ballroom 303 Union Ave, Hammond at 5:30pm. Following the 90 minute documentary, there will be discussion with Emma Benoit and a panelist.
My Ascension is a feature length documentary that chronicles Emma's inspiring journey and quest to walk again, as she works to bring Hope Squad, a school-based suicide prevention program, to Louisiana. The film also highlights the stories of two remarkable young people who tragically did not survive their attempts, and we learn first-hand from their families, friends, school officials and suicide prevention experts about the devastating effects of suicide and what can be done to prevent it.
Superintendent Melissa Stilley states, "As an educator, I’m keenly aware of the impact that mental health has on our students. As a mother and a grandmother, my heart breaks for the children and the families who are struggling with these issues. That’s why I think it’s incredibly important that we, as a community, search for ways to help our youth cope with these issues. Emma Benoit’s emotional journey in “My Ascension” gives us a powerful glimpse into the issues our students are struggling with, and her story gives us hope that we can help our children overcome depression, anxiety, and suicidal inclination.”
This is a free event, but its requested that guests register at https://uslmyascension,eventbrite.com. For more information, please contact Denise Latour 985-474-8809 or Megan Pittman