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Ascension Parish teen shares story of suicide attempt ahead of new documentary

By Cheryl Mercedes, Anchor 

Emma Benoit today (Source: WAFB)
ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) –An Ascension Parish teen who lived to talk about her suicide attempt is sharing her story with the world. Emma Benoit has become part of a discussion that is being built around a new documentary that aims to raise awareness and prevention.

“I remember I pointed the gun far out from my body and I just pulled the trigger,” Benoit said.

Benoit is no actor. Her story is real. The 17-year-old is sharing with the world what she says was the darkest day of her life. It was June 7, 2017 when everything she had been keeping bottled up boiled over.

“I thought there was no other way out, because in my mind, no one would understand,” Benoit said.

Benoit says that’s because her life appeared perfect on the surface. Benoit was a cheerleader at Dutchtown High School, a model, and had solid family and friends, but she says depression and anxiety had taken over. She was dying inside.

“I thought that if people knew the real story, they wouldn’t see me the same,” Benoit said.

Benoit can no longer cheer or dance. She is hardly the same girl since the incident. Benoit needs a walker to get around and goes to therapy around 25 hours per week. These days, most of her energy is spent online connecting with people through her blog. She is helping others find faith on www.liferejuvenated.org.

Benoit has also been tapped for a new role on an expert panel set to discuss the details of a new documentary called “Suicide: The Ripple Effect.” The film features Kevin Hines, the man who survived jumping form The Golden Gate Bridge. Co-producer and co-director, Greg Dicharry, says it also shares the stories of the first responders who saved Hines’ life and how his family dealt with the aftermath.

Read the rest of the story here at WAFB.com 

 

The screening starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 23 at the AMC Theatre – Mall of Louisiana. There is a limited amount of complimentary tickets available for students or non-profit organizations. To purchase tickets online, click here. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center.

For more details, email screenings@SuicideTheRippleEffect.com.

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Suicide the Ripple Effect World Premier Screening on February 23

Join us  for the world premier screening of  Kevin Hines’ and Baton Rouge native Greg Dicharry’s inspirational documentary, Suicide, the Ripple Effect. Kevin Hines, who attempted to take his own life by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge and survived, shares his story in an effort to spread awareness and inspire hope.

The film will be released worldwide on March 13 by Gathr Films Theatrical on Demand, but Baton Rouge is getting an exclusive first viewing at AMC Theatres at the Mall of Louisiana on Friday, February 23 from 6-9 p.m. The screening will be followed with a discussion led by Kevin himself,  along with other suicide prevention experts, on how to enhance suicide prevention efforts in Baton Rouge.

Speakers include:

Greg Dicharry- SmileStyle Entertainment, Co-Director and Co-producer of the film; Greg is a person in recovery who has led a national youth program for over 10 years.

Dr. Raymond Tucker- Board of Directors, American Association of Suicidology (AAS) Professor, Clinical Psychology Louisiana State University

Tonja Myles- Set Free, US Veteran, Radio Host, Ordained Minister and Suicide Attempt Survivor

Emma Benoit- Life Rejuvenated, High School Student, Suicide Attempt Survivor

The event is supported by: Baton Rouge Parents Magazine, Louisiana Film Society, Gordon Mckernan Injury Attorneys, Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, LSU, East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs, NAMI Baton Rouge, NAMI St. Tammany, and more.

A portion of the proceeds for this event will go to support suicide prevention efforts here at the Baton Rouge Crisis Center. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

To learn about how to obtain complimentary tickets for students or non profit organizations, or to become an event sponsor, contact screenings@suicidetherippleeffect.com

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