Many have heard Emma Benoit’s story, and it is important.
The Ascension Churchwoman uses Dr. Phil’s national platform on Tuesday and Wednesday in hopes of reaching more teenagers and their families. Benoit wants to help others by sharing what she’s learned since a suicide attempt left her paralyzed when she was 16.
Benoit, now 22, will be one of several guests on the 60-minute mental health talk show hosted by psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw will be moderated. Tuesday’s episode “Inside America’s Teen Mental Health Crisis” begins the discussion, while Benoit has a one-on-one with McGraw for “A Teen’s Near Fatal Decision” on Wednesday.
“Emma was a college cheerleader, popular and beautiful, but because she secretly suffered from anxiety and depression, no one around her knew she was planning her suicide,” the press release said.
As Benoit continues on her path of walking, she is already reaching out to her peers with My Ascension, a documentary she created “to use her painful experience to help others find hope and light on fact.” that every day over 20 young people die by suicide in the United States,” the press release also said.
Traveling the country with My Ascension, Benoit talks about:
- What she would say to another teen/young adult who might be contemplating suicide;
- The First Steps Teens Should Take When Contemplating Suicide;
- And about questions parents can ask their children and tips on what to look out for that could indicate a problem.
“Dr. Phil” airs at 3:00 p.m. on WBRZ channel 2 and at 8:00 p.m. on WBTR channel 36 in the Baton Rouge area; at 4:00 p.m. on KLFY, channel 10, in the Lafayette area; and at 4:00 p.m. on WWL, Channel 4, in the New Orleans area.
In 2021, suicide was the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds.
If you are in a crisis or know someone who is struggling, here are some resources:
Call 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). You can also write or chat on 988. Trained advisors listen, understand how your issues are affecting you, provide support, and connect you with resources when needed.
Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 988, then press 1. You do not need to be enrolled in VA Benefits or Health Care to connect. A caring, qualified responder will listen and help. Your call is free and confidential, and you decide how much information you want to share.
LGBTQ youth can call the Trevor Project at (866) 488-7386 or text START at 678-678. Trained consultants listen without judgement. All your conversations are private and you can share as much or as little as you like.