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SAMHSA News Bulletin

Date: 10/23/2008
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Telephone: 240-276-2130

National “Voice Awards” to Honor Those in the Entertainment Industry and Mental Health Consumers Who Make a Positive Difference for Mental Health

Nominations now being accepted for the 2009 Voice Awards

The Voice Awards are nationally renown honors bestowed each year upon writers and producers who incorporate respectful, accurate portrayals of people with mental illnesses into film and television productions. The awards also recognize mental health consumers who promote the social inclusion and recovery of people with mental health problems.

Currently nominations are being sought for the 2009 Voice Awards scheduled to be presented at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles featuring many leaders in the entertainment and mental health communities in October 2009.  Anyone can make as many nominations as they want for someone or something they believe is deserving of this award.  

To be eligible for nomination for the 2009 Voice Awards a film or TV show must have been released after October 1, 2007 and must present mental health problems in a dignified and accurate light. Entertainment industry nominations will remain open until March 15, 2009.

Nominations for mental health consumer community leaders can include those who have promoted social inclusion; demonstrated that recovery is real and possible; and made a positive impact on their workplaces, communities, or schools.  Special consideration will be given to nominees who have made a positive impact within special populations such as culturally diverse groups, young adults ages 18 to 24, and those who have worked to prevent suicide. Mental health consumer nominations will remain open until May 15, 2009.

To make a nomination online or learn more about the Voice Awards visit

The Voice Awards are part of the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery, a program of the U.S. 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 to learn more.

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health services delivery system.

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