Emma is a former varsity cheerleader who says that five years ago, her secret struggles with anxiety and depression almost ended her life. She says that at the time, she was in trouble with her parents, failing academically, and felt as though her life was crumbling around her.

“In the moment, attempting to take my life felt like the smartest thing that I could do to alleviate myself from the pain,” says Emma.

Emma says her failed suicide attempt at age 16 left her paralyzed, but today she is using her platform as a survivor to help bring awareness about mental health and suicide prevention to others. Today, she advocates for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. She is also featured in the documentary My Ascension, which chronicles her journey and quest to walk again.


The conclusion of this two-part Dr. Phil, “A Teen’s Near-Fatal Decision,” airs Wednesday.

And later, Dr. Phil talks with Ross Szabo, co-author of the book, “Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health,” about the biggest factors contributing to the teen mental health crisis and learning to normalize conversations about mental health in the home.

Watch more from part one, “Inside America’s Teen Mental Health Crisis.”

Check your local listing for airtimes.

If you or someone you know are experiencing a mental health emergency, call or text the National Suicide & Crisis lifeline by dialing 9-8-8, or reach out to http://988lifeline.org to chat.


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