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SAMHSA News - March/April 2006, Volume 14, Number 2

Second Annual Voice Awards Set for August

The Voice Awards logoSAMHSA has announced that the second annual Voice Awards will take place on August 23 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The Voice Awards honor writers and producers of television programs and movies who provide accurate portrayals of people with mental illnesses. Nominations for the Voice Awards will be accepted through Friday, April 7, 2006.

To give voice to people with mental health problems, SAMHSA is partnering with the Writers Guild of America, West. Other organizations involved include the Ad Council, American Psychiatric Foundation, American Psychological Association, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Mental Health Media Partnership, United Behavioral Health, and NARSAD—the Mental Health Research Organization.

Eligible honorees include entertainment industry writers or professionals who have created an original production that depicts recovery from mental health problems; portrays people with mental health problems in a respectful, accurate, and dignified manner; covers the topic of mental health with sensitivity and accuracy; and highlights the contributions people with mental health problems make to their families, friends, workplace, or community.

Nominations are also being accepted to honor outstanding efforts of mental health consumer leaders who have helped reduce stigma associated with mental illness.

Nominations are considered for original productions created between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2005.

The Voice Awards are part of the National Anti-Stigma Campaign, a 3-year program sponsored by SAMHSA in conjunction with the Ad Council. Visit www.allmentalhealth.
samhsa.gov/voiceawards
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SAMHSA News - March/April 2006, Volume 14, Number 2