Four Ascension Parish high schools to host viewings of suicide prevention documentary featuring former student

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GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) — Four Ascension Parish high schools will be hosting free viewings of a suicide prevention documentary featuring a former student.

The documentary “My Ascension” tells the story of Emma Benoit, a former Dutchtown High student who was left paralyzed after a suicide attempt at 16 years old. The film shares her journey navigating mental health and her quest to walk again while introducing school-based suicide prevention programs to Louisiana schools.

“I am so humbled and honored to have the opportunity to share my story and message of hope with the youth of Ascension Parish. It is my hope that they will take only positive from the events and that it would encourage them in their own journey,” said Emma Benoit.

Viewings will take place at Malco Theatres in Gonzales for the following schools:

  • East Ascension High at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24
  • Dutchtown High at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25
  • St. Amant High at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26

Donaldsonville High will be planning a viewing in the spring, according to the school system.

Ascension Public Schools said the viewing will be free but students and families planning on attending must register online for tickets. Registration details will be shared by each school.

“We are so appreciative of our partnership with Ascension Parish leaders to bring this conversation to the forefront,” said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. “We encourage all of our high school students and families to take advantage of this opportunity as it opens the door for ways to prioritize mental health in our community.”

The school system said Ascension Parish Government will be using mental health funding to cover the costs for these viewings.

“Bringing awareness to teenage suicide can be a very difficult conversation to have, but it is necessary. Ascension Parish Government is proud to be able to help share Emma Benoit’s story,” said Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment.

For more information about this documentary, click here.

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