SIDNEY & BRIDGEPORT, NE — Panhandle Public Health District is offering two screenings of a documentary and panelist discussions on suicide prevention in September. 

According to a news release, the feature-length documentary My Ascension tells the story of 16-year-old varsity cheerleader Emma Benoit. She was paralyzed after attempting to take her own life and the film highlights her journey to walk again and bring Hope Squad, a school-based suicide prevention program, to Louisiana. 

“Emma's story captures the severity of the mental health and suicidality pandemic amongst the adolescent population in the United States. My Ascension is a serious yet uplifting story that provides hope, clarity, and support to its audience from a personal perspective,” Saro Altinoglu, PSY.D, ROWI Teen and Parent Wellness Center, said in a news release.

The film will also discuss the stories of two people who did not survive their attempts and show viewers, through interviews with family members, friends, school officials and suicide prevention experts, the devastating effect of suicide and what can be done to prevent it. 

Following the screening of My Ascension, there will be a panelist discussion about the film. 

It will be showed at Sidney's Fox Theatre on Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. The Morrill County Community Hospital Training Center will host a screening in Bridgeport on Sept. 27, at 5:30 p.m. Admission to both events is free.