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 includes a dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayal of people with mental and/or substance use disorders, please nominate it for a 2015 Voice Award.
Eligible productions should emphasize the positive journey of recovery from behavioral health conditions. The production must have publicly aired after April 15, 2014.
How to Submit a Nomination
Send your nomination to the following address:
ATTN: Voice Awards
2121 K Street, NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20037
Nominations are open to anyone. You may submit as many nominations as you wish.
All nominations are due by Friday, April 10.
What Makes a Good Voice Awards Nomination?
The spirit of the Voice Awards program is 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 celebrates 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 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.