Highlights from the 2013 Voice Awards
Sponsored by SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services, the Voice Awards honor consumer/peer leaders who have used their own personal experiences to play a vital role in raising awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and worked to reduce the discrimination and misperceptions associated with people with behavioral health problems. The program also recognizes TV and film writers and producers who have given a voice to people with behavioral health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals into their scripts, programs, and productions.
Host Mehcad Brooks presents a Young Adult Leadership Award to Lauren Grimes at the Voice Awards.
Lauren has overcome numerous behavioral health challenges and has personal experience with the mental health system, from which she informs her work as a youth outreach coordinator and peer advocate.
Representatives from the entertainment industry and behavioral health community participate in a town hall-style discussion at the Voice Awards about the power of educating others about behavioral health and motivating them to create change in their communities.
"When people in the entertainment industry say 'You know, we're not curing cancer,' I like to say, well speak for yourself. Because I'm actually in the industry to make a difference and to find a way to incorporate, actually, important meaningful topics into entertainment and what we do to tell stories."
- Kristin Hahn
Film writer, producer, and director