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#BTheOne to help

If you think someone might be considering suicide or drugs,
be the one to help them by taking these five steps:

Don’t be afraid to ask the tough question.

When someone you know is in emotional pain ask them directly:

  • “Are you thinking about hurting yourself?”
  • “Are you thinking about using drugs?”

If your friend is thinking about suicide or drugs, ask if they have also thought about how they would do it or where they would get drugs.

Keep them away from anything dangerous or call 9-1-1.

If you think someone might be considering suicide or drugs, listen to their reasons for feeling hopeless and in pain.

Listen without judgement and with compassion and empathy.

Help your friend connect to a support system so they have others to reach out to for help,

whether it is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the Crisis Center (240-777-4000), family, friends,educators, clergy, coaches, co-workers or therapists.

Making contact with a friend in the days and weeks after a crisis can make a difference in keeping them safe.

Check in with a person you care about on a regular basis.

Substance Abuse

To learn more about teen substance abuse and how to help, click here.


To learn more about teen suicide and how to help, click here.

BTheOne Public Awareness Campaign

Beginning in 2016, a work group comprised of behavioral health, education and non-profit professionals began meeting to plan how to reach adolescents and teens in the community with important messages about preventing suicide and drug abuse.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate among teen girls and boys increased substantially from 1975 to 2015, with the rate among girls hitting a record high.  From 2007 to 2015 alone, suicide rates doubled among teen girls and by more than 30 percent among teen boys.   By the time they are high school seniors, almost 70 percent of high schools students have tried alcohol and half will have taken an illegal drug and more than 20 percent will have used a prescription drug for a non-medical purpose.  Sponsors of this website and the public education campaign include the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County Public Schools, EveryMind and Family Services, Inc.

Information used with permission of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a program funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and administered by the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC).