BHS Seniors Earn Recognition for Mental Health PSA
Posted May 20
The video above is titled "Intention" and shines a light on mental health wellness. Pictured below are Cori, left, and Brooke Biber, the pair who produced "Intention."
A pair of Boswell High School seniors claimed third place in the mental health category of Teen VideoFest 2020. The festival, a project of Tarrant County Public Health, asks students to create a video on an aspect of teen health that is important to them.
Seniors and twin sisters Cori and Brooke Biber wrote, filmed and edited their submission titled, “Intention.” Its purpose is to remind those facing health issues, or who know someone who is struggling, that they're not alone and to find help.
“We decided on the mental health category because it was something everyone knows about but are not truly aware of it,” said Brooke. “People tend to disregard the idea of mental health, and we made this to help bring a light to something people try to ignore.”
The poignant video features students and teachers directly addressing the viewer from an everyday environment: during class, walking home from school, or amid a study session. “It’s easy to feel alone,” says one student on the video as she participates in dance practice.
The video delivers mental health statistics, including a teacher who points out that 1 in 25 Americans live with a serious mental illness. A student ends the video with a series of short, powerful statements.
“Make yourself the priority. Find your treatment. Live with intention.”
Filmmaker Brooke hopes the video will inspire other audio/visual students to create something outside their comfort zones. She said the most challenging aspect of the project was planning for and filming unique shots.
Jorge Garza, audiovisual teacher at EMS ISD’s Hollenstein Career & Technology Center, said he is proud of his students tackling an important topic and creating such a meaningful product.
“It's incredible to see what a powerful message they've created for others who may need to hear it,” Garza said. “Mental health issues can be sensitive at times and heavy at others, but Cori, Brooke, and the video participants were able to create something profound.”