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‘My Ascension’ Special Film Screening Sept. 8

‘My Ascension’ is a suicide prevention documentary and movement to spread hope and prevent suicide

My Ascension movie

On Friday, Sept. 8, Lehigh Valley Health Network Department of Psychiatry is honored to host a special screening of “My Ascension,” a documentary film and movement to spread hope and prevent suicide.

Doors to the event will open at 6 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to learn about LVHN’s mental health resources (including substance use disorder support) and speak to behavioral health specialists before the film begins at 7 p.m.

Due to the sensitive nature of this film, licensed therapists will be on-site throughout the event to provide attendees with comfort and support if needed.

After the film, there will be a special question-and-answer session with the film’s subject, Emma Benoit, and the film’s director/producer, Greg Dicharry.

Friday, Sept. 8, 6–9:30 p.m.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest Auditorium
1200 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown

Register here.

Synopsis of ‘My Ascension’

A suicide attempt left 16-year-old varsity cheerleader Emma Benoit paralyzed but propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope and shine more light on the fact that 20 young people die every day by suicide in the United States. “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.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, go to the closest emergency room, call or text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline or text “HELLO” to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.

Psychiatry (Behavioral Health)

Your behavioral health is just as important to your overall well-being as your physical health. Mental conditions are real and can be life-threatening, but they're also common and very treatable. For more than 50 years, Lehigh Valley Health Network has been caring for people who need behavioral health treatment, whether it’s for counseling during a stressful time in your life or for a lifelong condition that requires medication, and anything in between.

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