Clarke University to Host Free Screening for Movie About Mental Health
A Dubuque university will be hosting a film screening, free to the public. The production tells a deeply personal story, and the woman behind it will be available for a Q&A session after the showing.
The film is called My Ascension, and it will be screen at Clarke University on Wednesday, June 14th. Doors open at 5pm, the film begins at 6pm, and then afterwards (roughly about 7:30pm), a Q&A with Emma Benoit, the film's star/subject will take place.
Vicki Gassman, President of Mental Health America (MHA) of Dubuque County, the organization hosting the screening, stopped by the studio to talk about the upcoming event, as well as touch on all the great work MHA of Dubuque County does. It is the only MHA chapter in the entire state of Iowa.
MHA is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting the overall mental health of all, per their website. Vicki talked about why talking about mental health and overall brain health is significant:
It's okay to ask questions. It's okay to reach out, so check out yourlife.org, or if you need resources on just mental health and brain health specifically, we've got 911 for our medical needs, but now we have 988 suicide hotline for those brain health needs if you need somebody to chat with.
The film, My Ascension, chronicles the story of Emma Benoit, who, at 16-years-old, attempted to end her life:
At 16 years old, varsity cheerleader Emma Benoit attempted to end her life. MY ASCENSION is the story of the day that changed Emma’s life, and everything that’s happened since.
For Years, Emma quietly struggled with anxiety and depression, too ashamed to share her pain with family or friends. Through navigating the challenges of recovery, she discovers purpose and passion in helping other struggling teens.
Also to be available at Clarke University on the day of the screening are free resources from over 15 different vendors, who will provide information and other services in the realm of mental health.
Mental Health America of Dubuque County strives to be a resource for those struggling and those looking for a way to help those in need of better mental health. They can be found on their website, on Facebook, and at their phone number, (563)-513-9236.
Listen to my full interview with Vicki below!