Duncan Featured in Different Kind of Campaign Ad
Former Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan is lending his voice and personal story to a public service announcement to promote mental health services in tough economic times. Duncan, who withdrew from the 2006 governor's race to battle depression, is chairman of a campaign introduced today by the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County.
"I hope that by not being afraid to find the help I needed I can encourage others to find the support they need," Duncan said in a written statement issued by the association.
Duncan narrates the 30-second spot that will appear on the big screen before home games for the Nationals this month and the association is working to find a home for the ad on local cable and radio stations.
In the spot, Duncan says, "Today's world is a busy, stressful place and, in tough times, it can feel overwhelming....Mental health issues touch everyone. I should know, it has affected me and my family."
The association tracked an increase of 500 calls to its hotline between October and December of last year compared to the same period in 2007. The number of suicide assessments from those calls rose 50 percent.
May 20, 2009; 2:31 PM ET
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