What Can We Learn from a Survivor of Teen Suicide? Emma Benoit Interview (Part 2)December 12, 2022 ● 39 min
Share this episode
Catherine recently sat down with one such teen for a two-part series on 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.
Joining Catherine and Emma 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 Episode 49, part one of this series, Jennifer discussed the explosion of suicides occurring in very young children and shared the signs we should look for in kids under the age of twelve as Emma shared her journey leading up to the day that she attempted to end her life.
This episode, part two of that interview, picks up just after Emma pulled the trigger. It focuses 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.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a 2019 study revealed that 8.9% of youth in grades 9-12 reported that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past twelve months. There has been a 33% increase in suicides since 1999. Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death in young people.
Look for Catherine’s upcoming article on youth suicide to see all the signs parents should look for in their children and recommendations on how to prevent suicide in your family.
Other Episodes in this Series:
Episode 49 – “How Do We Combat the Epidemic of Teen Suicide? Emma Benoit Interview (Part One)” https://bit.ly/3uNfKuV
Suicide prevention hotline: call or text 988. (This 3-digit code, launched in July of 2022, will connect you to the national suicide hotline.)
“My Ascension” the documentary: www.myascension.us
Emma Benoit/My Ascension Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/myascension
American Association of Christian Counselors: https://aacc.net/
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Study: https://bit.ly/3uoWLqz
Kevin Hine’s story: https://bit.ly/3XOpfr8
Kevin Hines’ website: https://www.kevinhinesstory.com/
See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A Prayer about Growing Fruit - Your Daily Prayer - January 28
The power of winter in the physical world allows the ground to rest so that in the growing season, it can do what God designed it to do—produce life. We also produce life. We can speak life with our words and bring life with our actions. But there’s a season for rest too.
The latest news and hot topics trending among Christian music, entertainment and faith life.
Top 20 Bible Verses for Trusting God When You Need Answers
There are times we can only trust in God for comfort and strength during stressful events in our life. Moments when we don’t know what’s going to happen and must place our faith in God to answer our prayers. Here are 20 Bible verses for trusting God that we hope will inspire you!