Join EPIC for the screening of ‘My Ascension’ to spotlight suicide prevention efforts for youth on Saturday, August 5th at 5:30 p.m. at Tocoi Creek High School Auditorium, 11200 St. Johns Parkway.
Recent research released by the CDC shows a staggering increase in mental health struggles for teens, especially girls. Additionally, the rate of teen suicides is rising – suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of people ages 15-24 in the US.
To help reduce stigma around mental health and suicide, EPIC Behavioral Healthcare, St. Johns County School District, United Way of St. Johns County, Lutheran Services Florida, Betty Griffin Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County, and St. Augustine Youth Services – SAYS are advocating for the importance of talking about suicide awareness and prevention by screening the film.
“My Ascension” chronicles the story of 16-year-old high school varsity cheerleader Emma Benoit, who was paralyzed by a suicide attempt, which propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope and stay alive.
The screening will be followed by an engaging discussion on youth suicide prevention and mental wellness with Emma herself and local mental health and suicide prevention experts. Additionally, there will be resource tables sharing important information on mental health and suicide prevention.