The county’s Department of Health and Human Services and Gandhi Brigade Youth Media are sponsoring a contest for middle and high school students who create a video public service announcement.

The purpose of the video is to support the campaign by to raise awareness about teen suicide prevention.

The contest, open to county students only, asks students to produce a 30-second PSA based on the themes and information found on the BTheOne website. Some of the themes student can consider include, among others:

  • Why suicide is a public health concern
  • Warning signs of suicidal thoughts or mental health problems
  • How to ask someone if you are worried about their mental health
  • How to keep them safe
  • How parents can talk to and help their kids, and
  • How to be an ambassador for BTheOne.

Four winning videos will be selected to be shown in area theaters, and possibly on YouTube and the BThe One website. Winners will “embody the spirit of the BTheOne website: educational, energetic, and empowering,” according to the contest announcement.

Complete contest rules and information, including technical requirements and the entry form, are available online. Entries are due by Jan. 16, 2019.

Students with questions, or who would like help with making a PSA, can contact [email protected].

The BThe One campaign is a cooperative effort from EveryMind, Family Services Inc.,Montgomery County Public Schools, the Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, and DHHS.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
County DHHS, Gandhi Brigade Sponsoring Video PSA Contest