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Media Advisory

Date: May 13, 2008 
Media Contact: Crystal Borde
Phone: (202) 331-4323

SALLY FIELD, TV & FILM STARS JOIN SAMHSA TO HONOR INDUSTRY, MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES
Voice Awards recognizes screenwriters, producers and consumer contributions that promote understanding and support for individuals with mental health problems

ATTENDING:
Joe Pantoliano, The Sopranos, Canvas
Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters
Delta Burke, Designing Women
Andy Comeau, Huff
Aasha Davis, Friday Night Lights
Sarah Roemer, Disturbia
Mariette Hartley, Dirt
Ruta Lee, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

WHAT:
2008 Voice Awards—www.voiceawards.samhsa.gov

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Red carpet arrival—6:00 p.m., PDT
Awards ceremony—7:00 p.m., PDT

WHERE:
Paramount Theater, Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA

VISUAL:
Pre-event red carpet photo opportunities

Award-winning actors, writers, and producers from TV and film will join actor and mental health advocate Joe Pantoliano as he hosts the 2008 Voice Awards on Wednesday, May 28, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the event will feature a red carpet arrival, as well as an awards ceremony honoring the entertainment community and mental health consumers.

Oscar-winner Sally Field will receive the first ever award from Pantoliano's No Kidding Me Too! non-profit organization for her exemplary work in film and television educating the public about mental health.

The Voice Awards recognizes TV and film writers and producers who have incorporated dignified, respectful, and accurate depictions of people living with mental health problems into their programs and films and also honors individuals who have shown leadership in their communities to promote understanding and support for individuals with mental illnesses.

To attend event or for interview requests, contact Crystal Borde at 202–331–4323.

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity, and effectiveness of the nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health service delivery systems. The Voice Awards are part of the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery, a multi-year public service advertising program of SAMHSA and the Ad Council to promote understanding and support for young adults and others with mental illnesses.


For more information about the Voice Awards, please contact Ryan Parks at 202–248-5457, or voiceawards@vancomm.com.
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