Emma Benoit became extremely passionate about suicide prevention after surviving a suicide attempt in 2017, the summer before her senior year of high school. At the time, she was a popular varsity cheerleader with a supportive family and lots of friends, but quietly struggledwith anxiety and depression, too ashamed to share her pain with family or friends. Her attempt resulted in a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed but helped her find faith and purpose and propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience and miraculous recovery to help others.
A few months after her attempt, Emma started the website liferejuvenated.org, a blog to share her story and recovery journey in an effort to help other teens who are struggling. In early 2018, Emma began working on a documentary film called My Ascension, released for limited audiences in 2021. My Ascension chronicles her recovery journey and advocacy work while addressing the youth suicide epidemic.
Emma serves as an Ambassador for Living Works, the world’s leader in suicide prevention training and has been featured on numerous news programs, radio shows and podcasts. In December of 2020, Emma was a featured guest on Jada Pinkett Smith’s hit show “Red Table Talk”. This past year, in 2022, Emma made appearances as a guest on “Ask Dr. Drew” and “The Dr. Phil Show”.
Emma is an uplifting speaker who has shared her powerful story and message with thousands of people at in-person and virtual conferences and events including but not limited to: Living Works and California Department of Education Youth Summit, National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health Conference, LSU School of Social Work Conference, Arkansas Youth Mental Health Conference, Hope Rising Suicide Prevention Summit, Wyoming Office of Attorney General and Victim Services Joint Symposium, The Nebraska School for Mental Health Conference, David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health, and the Hope Squad National Conference.
Emma is a 2018 graduate of Dutchtown High School, whose strength and motivation are rooted in her strong faith and supportive family.