NEW JERSEY -- 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 U.S. 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.

Caring Contact is offering this free event in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. After the film, suicide prevention experts from Caring Contact will answer questions about how to keep yourself or someone you know safe if they are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Please join us for this free event - register using this link.

Caring Contact is an award-winning, volunteer-staffed crisis hotline and listening community, providing active listening support and best-in-class training to Central and Northern New Jersey. More than 70 trained volunteer listeners answered over 15,000 calls last year from people in crisis, having suicidal thoughts or simply feeling depressed and lonely.If you, or someone you know, is in crisis, call 800-273-8255. To learn more, visit  You Are Not Alone. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.
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