Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is now
accepting nominations for the 2014 Voice Awards. The awards program recognizes consumer/peer
leaders and TV and film professionals who use their work and personal stories
of resilience to demonstrate that people with mental health and/or substance
use disorders can and do recover and lead meaningful lives.
To be eligible, consumer/peer
leaders must personally
demonstrate that recovery is real and possible; have experience in leading
efforts to reduce the discrimination and misperceptions associated with behavioral
health problems; and be making a positive impact on communities, workplaces, or
schools. Television and film productions
must contain a positive behavioral health storyline and must have aired in a
public setting between April 15, 2013 and April 14, 2014.
In 2014, the theme
of the awards program is the behavioral health of young adults and their
experiences in dealing with mental and/or substance use disorders. Special consideration therefore will be given
to young adult and other consumer/peer leaders who educate the public about the
needs of young adults and empower them to seek the services and supports that
The 2014 Voice
Awards also seeks TV and film productions that accurately and respectfully
portray the behavioral health experiences of young adults and their journeys of
nominations are due Friday, April 18.
To submit nominations,
visit the Voice Awards Web site at http://www.samhsa.gov/voiceawards. Nominations are open to
anyone. There is no limit to the number
of nominations an individual can submit, and self-nominations are welcome. All nominees are reviewed by a panel of
judges that includes TV and film professionals; consumer/peer leaders; and
representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
behavioral health advocacy organizations, and other Voice Awards program partners.
This year’s award
winners will be recognized at the ninth annual Voice Awards event that will
take place on August 13 at Royce Hall on the University of California, Los
Angeles (UCLA) campus.
information about the Voice Awards, event updates, and instructions on how to
submit a nomination(s), visit http://www.samhsa.gov/voiceawards.
To connect with the
Voice Awards and SAMHSA, follow @samhsagov on Twitter and visit http://www.facebook.com/samhsa on Facebook.
For more information about SAMHSA visit: http://www.samhsa.gov.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.