I pass this news release along, in case anyone knows of someone (or themselves!) who might be a good candidate for nomination for this year’s SAMHSA Voice Awards.

Join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in recognizing consumer/peer leaders and TV and film professionals who have given a voice to individuals with behavioral health problems (mental health and/or addiction issues).

This year, SAMHSA is putting special emphasis on the impact of trauma and the significant effects it can have on individuals, families and friends, communities, and our Nation. Consideration is being given to consumer/peer leaders who have successfully advocated for the rights of trauma survivors and promoted the importance of trauma-informed care. Additional consideration is also being given to TV and film productions that accurately and respectfully portray the experience of trauma, healing, and recovery.

The Voice Awards honor consumer/peer leaders who have done exemplary work promoting the social inclusion of individuals with behavioral health problems. The awards also recognize TV and film writers and producers that incorporate dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of individuals with behavioral health problems into their scripts, programs, and productions.

If you know a consumer/peer leader who has led efforts to promote the social inclusion of individuals with trauma histories and behavioral health problems; personally demonstrated that recovery is real and possible; and made a positive impact on his/her community, workplace, or school, please nominate him/her for a 2011 Voice Award.

Similarly, if you know of an eligible TV or film production that was released after April 15, 2010, please nominate it for a 2011Voice Award.


Nominations are open to anyone and are free. There is no limit to the number of nominations an individual can submit. Self-nominations are welcome.

The 2011 Voice Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, August 24 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA. Please consult the Voice Awards Web site for event updates and instructions on how to submit a nomination(s).

The Voice Awards are part of the Campaign for Social Inclusion, a multi-year public service advertising program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Ad Council to promote understanding and support for young adults and others with behavioral health problems. www.whatadifference.org to learn more.