Join SAMHSA’s Voice Awards program in recognizing television and film professionals whose work educates the public about behavioral health and demonstrates that people with mental and/or substance use disorders can and do recover and lead meaningful lives.
If you know of a television or film production that aired in a public setting after April 15, 2014, that contains a positive behavioral health storyline, please nominate it for a 2014 Voice Award.
To submit a nomination, download and complete the television and film production nomination form (PDF | 279 KB, DOC | 352 KB). If available, forward a DVD(s) of the production you are nominating as well. Mail your nomination to the following address:
ATTN: Voice Awards
2121 K Street, NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20037
Nominations are open to anyone. There is no limit to the number an individual can submit.
What Makes a Good Voice Awards Nomination?
The spirit of the Voice Awards is first and foremost to be dignified, accurate, and respectful. While people with mental and/or substance use disorders face a variety of challenges, they also have a range of talents that make communities stronger. The Voice Awards celebrate this by honoring those who use their extremely visible, influential, and powerful platform—television and film—to make sure this reality reaches the public.
For serious consideration by the Voice Awards judges, productions nominated in the television and film category should portray:
- Experiences that convey people with mental and/or substance use disorders’ struggles with housing, employment, and overall community acceptance
- True representations of symptoms and disorders
- The potential for and journey of recovery
- A sense of hope and optimism
If you're still not sure whether a production you’re considering nominating will pass the test, ask yourself if it embodies an aspect, or aspects, of SAMHSA’s tagline:
Behavioral Health is Essential to Health. Prevention Works. Treatment is Effective. People Recover.