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Our Youth Suicide Crisis – A Viewing + Discussion of the Film, My Ascension

October 18, 2023
6:00-8:00 pm CST
In-Person Iowa Memorial Union Theater (Room 166), University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa


Gerta Bardhoshi
Gerta Bardhoshi, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Training
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Professor of Counselor Education
University of Iowa College of Education
Barry A. Schreier
Barry Schreier, Ph.D.
Director of Higher Education Programming
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Clinical Professor of Counseling Psychology
University of Iowa College of Education

Event Details

A special event for K-12 educators, University of Iowa staff and students, and the local Iowa City community

My Ascension is the powerful story of how Emma Benoit, a 16-year-old varsity cheerleader, was left paralyzed after a suicide attempt. She is now propelled 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 in the United States.

My Ascension poster

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.

The screening will be followed by engaging discussion on youth suicide prevention by Dr. Gerta Bardhoshi and Dr. Barry Schreier.

  • Screening time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  • Facilitated discussion: 7:30 – 8:00 PM

Learning Goals

1. To identify at least one community organization or person you can connect with if you are experiencing mental health challenges

2. To better understand how to broach the topic of mental wellness with youth, parents, and others in your community

3. To feel encouraged to partner with other community organizations and local schools to address mental wellness.

Due to capacity limits at the Iowa Memorial Union Theatre, registration is required.