Did you know that 20 young people take their own lives every single day in the United States?
I recently sat down on CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD with one such teen for a two-part series on teen suicide. Emma Benoit had a picture-perfect life. She was a vibrant, beautiful 16-year-old varsity cheerleader whose secret battle with anxiety led her to take a gun, point it at her chest, and pull the trigger.
Only 1% of people with self-inflicted gunshot wounds survive. Emma is in that 1%. She is an absolute miracle and an inspiration.
Click on the image below see a clip of Emma on a recent episode of Dr. Phil.
Did you know:
I know that teen suicide isn’t a comfortable thing to talk about, but it is necessary.
Joining us for this vital conversation is Jennifer Ellers, a Christian counselor, crisis responder, and trainer. Jennifer has authored a course on youth suicide and is an instructor of the American Association of Christian Counselor’s Hope-Focused 3-R Suicide Program.
In this episode of CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD, Jennifer shares the signs we should look for in younger children (under the age of twelve) as Emma share’s her journey leading up to the day that she attempted to end her life.
Next week’s episode (part two) will focus on the spiritual, mental, and physical aspects of suicide, the signs we should look for in older children, specific steps we can take to prevent suicide, and Emma’s recovery.
To listen to this episode on Life Audio, click on the image below:
Suicide prevention hotline: call or text 988. (This 3-digit code, launched in July of 2022, will connect you to the national suicide hotline.)
Emma Benoit’s story: “My Ascension” the documentary.
Kevin Hine’s website
Catherine Segars is an award-winning actress and playwright — turned stay-at-home-mother—turned author, podcaster, speaker and blogger. She is dedicated to helping parents be a godly example for their kids in an ungodly world.
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