Suicide Prevention Film Screening: "My Ascension"

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United Way invites community members to a suicide prevention documentary film screening and panel Saturday, September 17 at 4:30 p.m. at East High School.



Speaker Emma Benoit will share the documentary about her suicide attempt, My Ascension, and speak on a panel following the screening. The film is part of Benoit’s nationwide efforts to spread hope and fight suicide.

The event is sponsored by the Todd & Mel Hoffner family, through an initiative by Greater Mankato Area United Way. Support by Mankato Area Public Schools.

Doors open at 4 p.m. at Mankato East Auditorium. Refreshments sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System. The 90-minute film will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of Emma and others participating in the panel who have been impacted by suicide. Support and resources will be available at the event.

To volunteer at the event, please contact United Way at 507-345-4551 or register to help at

Community members are also invited to take part in the Out of Darkness Walk earlier in the day on September 17 at 11 a.m. at Sibley Park, hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

About Emma: Emma Benoit became extremely passionate about suicide prevention after surviving a suicide attempt in 2017, the summer before her senior year in high school. At the time, she was a popular varsity cheerleader with a supportive family and lots of friends, but on the inside, she was filled with depression and anxiety, and had never told a soul about it. Her attempt resulted in a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed but helped her find faith and purpose; and propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience and miraculous recovery to help others. Visit Emma’s website at

Why It's Important: Suicide is a silent epidemic that is not receiving the attention it deserves. It is the second leading cause of death for young people under 25 and there are approximately 1.2 million suicide attempts every year. The ripple effects of these deaths and attempts devastate millions more. MY ASCENSION shines light on the reality of this ongoing public health crisis and is positively impacting the lives of young people, families, schools, and communities by sharing hope, information and best practices that can be replicated around the world. When suicide attempt survivors such as Emma share their stories of recovery, it often prevents others from attempting.

Crisis Support: If you or someone you know needs help, call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or text HOME to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line.