A suicide attempt left 16-year-old varsity cheerleader, Emma Benoit, paralyzed, but propelled her 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 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 Heart and Mind Connection has acquired the rights to screen this film across Minnesota. We are currently setting screening dates throughout the state. Join our mailing list to learn about upcoming events by clicking HERE.
The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then Kevin has been on a mission to use his story to help others find recovery and stay alive, and has become the worlds most prominent suicide prevention speaker and advocate. The film also features some of the world’s leading suicide prevention experts and shines light on people who are using personal experiences with suicide to help others find the hope they need to #BeHereTomorrow.
Screenings are generally followed by panel discussions featuring a variety of speakers, including mental health professionals, law enforcement, government officials, survivors and advocates. Volunteer Certified Peer Support Specialists are always on hand to provide support, as well as information on local resources.
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Is your organization, city or county interested in hosting a screening of this important film? Please contact Chris at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Heart and Mind Connection is Minnesota's only Peer-run and veteran-led mental health and substance use recovery, advocacy and awareness 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to develop connection, foster purpose and empower ourselves and others struggling with hope, through education, suicide prevention programming and legislative activism.
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The Steve Rummler HOPE Network (SRHN) is partnering with The Heart and Mind Connection (HAMC) to help improve community access to the life-saving overdose reversal medication, naloxone. As part of the initiative, HAMC will establish a Naloxone Access Point, or NAP, and will maintain and stock naloxone kits and act as a pickup point for individuals across Anoka County. In early 2021, they will also begin providing community overdose prevention training to groups and individuals. For more info, call Chris Shaw at 612-351-2080.