Honoring Those Who Make a Difference for Mental Health

It’s time to thank the entertainment industry and mental health consumers once again for giving a voice to people with mental health problems. The Voice Awards honor writers and producers who incorporate dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of people with mental illnesses into film and television productions, as well as mental health consumer leaders for their contributions in reducing stigma and discrimination.

If you helped create, or know of, a film or TV show that was released between January 1, 2006 and September 30, 2007, and depicts people with mental health problems in a dignified, respectful and accurate way, please nominate them for a 2008 Voice Award.

Similarly, if you know of a mental health consumer who has led efforts to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illnesses, demonstrated that recovery is real and possible, and made a positive impact on their workplace, community, and/or school, please nominate them for a 2008 Voice Award. Additional consideration will be given to nominees who have made a positive impact within special populations, such as racially and ethnically diverse groups and young adults ages 18 to 24.

Nominate at www.voiceawards.samhsa.gov.

Nominations are open to anyone, are free, and there is no limit to the number an individual can submit.

Entertainment industry nominations are due Friday, January 4, 2008. Mental health consumer nominations are due Friday, January 18, 2008.

The Voice Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles in May 2008.

The Voice Awards are part of the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery, a program of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, and the Ad Council. The Campaign is working to reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by young adults and others with mental illnesses. Visit www.whatadifference.org to learn more.

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