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City Club’s Backstage Pass Presents: "My Ascension" Suicide Awareness & Prevention

  • City Club of Baton Rouge 355 North Boulevard Baton Rouge, LA, 70801 United States (map)
Sneak Preview and Panel Discussion on Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Sneak Preview and Panel Discussion on Suicide Awareness & Prevention

time: 5:30pm Reception

6:15pm Film Clips

6:45pm Q & A + Resources

donation: $20.00 (all proceeds to Benefit Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center )

attire: Business Casual

This event is open to the entire City Club membership!

Mark your calendars, make your reservations today!

Meet Emma Benoit and hear the inspiring story of her recovery from a failed suicide attempt at age 16. The film shines a light on the suicide epidemic that is taking so many young lives..

Thank you for considering a donation to the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center. Your donations will help sustain and continue our efforts to provide training and support services for crisis intervention.

Learn more at M y A s c e n s i o n . u s

Learn more at M y A s c e n s i o n . u s

Film Synopsis

On June 7, 2017 Emma Benoit decided her life wasn’t worth living anymore. It was the summer before her senior year of high school and on the outside her life looked perfect. She was a stunning varsity cheerleader with a supportive family and lots of friends, but on the inside she was filled with darkness, depression and anxiety, and had never told a soul about it. A series of miracles saved her life, but a self-inflicted gunshot wound resulted in a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed. Although extremely tragic, the incident helped her find God and propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience and amazing ongoing recovery to help others find hope while shining more light on the suicide epidemic that is taking so many lives. In addition to Emma's inspiring story of recovery, the film also shares the stories of three remarkable young people who didn't survive their attempts and we learn first hand from their families, friends, schools, communities and suicide prevention experts about the true devastation suicide has on those who are left behind.

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Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center

Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center

Benefit Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center

BRCIC began on the campus of LSU in 1970 as a student organization and has grown to a nationally-recognized innovator in crisis support services and training. BRCIC is focused on continuing to provide its weekly bereavement services to those who have suffered traumatic loss, while developing a new program for training others in suicidology to become the local experts in their communities.

Survivor Support Group
BRCIC offers a free, weekly, peer-facilitated support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. BRCIC has provided this ongoing support since 1981. If you are interested in our Survivors of Suicide (SOS) support group and would like an assessment, please email or call us at 225-924-1431.

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Most Recently Greg co-directed and co-produced the award-winning feature-length documentary, Suicide The Ripple Effect which was released in theaters in March 2018. The film has had over 500 screenings worldwide with over 40,000 attendees, and will be released on DVD and online summer of 2019.

Greg started chasing his film career in 1993 when he moved to Hollywood after college. He immediately began working on a variety of projects including feature films OutBreak - starring Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Cuba Gooding and Morgan Freeman, as well as Mirage - starring Sean Young and Edward James Almos. He also worked on numerous music videos, commercials and live shows for VH1 and MTV.

He later returned home to New Orleans to co-found the video production company Verge Entertainment where he produced and directed numerous film and video projects including the TV pilot "Tribe TV," which received a regional Emmy Award; "Heroin the Real Deal," a heroin prevention film featuring surviving members of the band Sublime and "Go Cat Go," an EPK for music legend Carl Perkins.

Greg's film career was diverted by mental illness and drug addiction and after finding personal recovery he became committed to helping others do the same. For the last 11 years, he has been serving as the national youth empowerment director for Magellan Health, leading MY LIFE one of the nation's premier youth programs focused on empowering young people with mental health, substance abuse, and foster care challenges, a program he created.

Greg is recognized as a national leader in mental health recovery and has received awards for his work by the nation's leading mental health organizations including SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration), The National Council for Behavioral Health, National Federation of Families of Children's Mental Health and Mental Health America..

The Board of Governors and Women of the City are excited to co-sponsor this event.

Open to all City Club members and invited guest(s).

City Club Member Reservation Options: 

Call the Club at 225.387.5767, by email at, or online visit the Members Only Area @ 

City Club Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. (M-F) | Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (M-F) | Dinner: 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. (W-Sat) 

Member General Dining at the Club is open from 5:30 till 9:00 Wednesday - Saturday.

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The City Club Staff