On October 13, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) staged the biggest and best Voice Awards since its inception in 2005. More than 500 guests attended to honor writers and producers who have given a voice to individuals with behavioral health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals into TV and film productions. During the event, SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde, J.D., shared a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden honoring America’s men and women in uniform and their families—and the entertainment programming that has brought national attention to their stories of sacrifice, resilience, and recovery.
Hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Hector Elizondo and Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., the fifth anniversary star-studded event celebrated Voice Award-winning productions that included “The Dry Land,” “Army Wives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and Sesame Street’s “Coming Home,” and consumer/peer leaders have worked tirelessly to promote the social inclusion of individuals with behavioral health problems and the real possibility of recovery.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter was honored with a SAMHSA Lifetime Leadership in Behavioral Health Award for her work in championing mental health awareness over the past 40 years. Celebrity presenters included America Ferrera from “The Dry Land,” Sandra Oh from ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” Peter Krause from NBC’s “Parenthood,” Julia Ormond from HBO’s “Temple Grandin,” and Mark Indelicato from ABC’s “Ugly Betty.”
This exciting event brought together representatives from the entertainment industry and consumer/peer and advocacy movements to celebrate increased awareness of behavioral health and recovery.
Photos from the 2010 Voice Awards event
To view more photos from the event, visit the SAMHSA Flickr page.
|Attendees are welcomed to the 2010 Voice Awards.||Former First Lady and award recipient Rosalynn Carter stops on the red carpet
|SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde, J.D., former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and actors and event hosts Louis Gossett, Jr. and Hector Elizondo get together for photos on the red carpet.||Administrator Pamela Hyde presents the SAMHSA Lifetime Leadership in Behavioral Health Award to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.|
|Administrator Pamela Hyde, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and the consumer award recipients get together on the red carpet for photos.||Event hosts Louis Gossett, Jr. and Hector Elizondo welcome everyone to the event.
|A United States Army Color Guard presentation of the colors starts the event.
||Administrator Pamela Hyde shares a special congratulations letter from First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden with the audience.|
|Executive producer and actor America Ferrera and director and writer Ryan Piers Williams of the Voice Award winning-film “The Dry Land,” pause on the red carpet for photos.||Moe Armstrong accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award.|
|“Parenthood” actor and Voice Awards presenter Peter Krause pauses for a photo on the red carpet.||Janet Paleo accepts a
Consumer Leadership Award.
|Consumer Leadership Award winner LaVerne Miller stops on the red carpet for photos.||Actor and Voice Awards presenter Sandra Oh introduces the Voice Award-winning episode of the television show “Grey's Anatomy.”|
|Actors Mark Indelicato and America Ferrera pause on the red carpet for photos.||Clarence Jordan accepts a Consumer Leadership Award.
|Consumer Leadership Award winner Fred Frese and his wife Penny stop on the red carpet for photos.||Actor Julia Ormond introduces the Voice Award-winning episode of the television show “Mental.”|
|“Army Wives” actor and Voice Awards presenter Brian McNamara stops for a photo on the red carpet.||Gayle Bluebird accepts a Consumer Leadership Award.|
|Young Adult Leadership Award winner Lorrin Gehring poses for photos on the red carpet.||Actor and Voice Awards presenter Kathleen York introduces the Voice Award-winning episode of the television show “Mental.”|
|Executive producer Jeff Melvoin accepts the Voice Award on behalf of the television show “Army Wives.”||Executive producer Jason Katims accepts the Voice Award on behalf of the winning episodes of the television show “Parenthood.”|
|Advocates and Voice Awards presenters Major Jeff Hall and his wife Sheri Hall stop on the red carpet for photos.||Writer Max Mayer accepts a Voice Award on behalf of the film “Adam.”|
|Executive producer Emily Gerson Saines of the Voice Award-winning film “Temple Grandin,” pauses for photos on the red carpet.||Advocate and Voice Awards presenter Steve Robinson introduces the Voice Award-winning documentary “This Emotional Life.”|
|Actor Aasha Davis poses for photos on the red carpet.||Actor and Voice Awards presenter Lisa Jay introduces the Voice Award-winning documentary “No Kidding, Me Too!”|