WILLIAM (BILL) WHITE
Bill White is a senior research consultant within the research division of Chestnut Health Systems in Bloomington Normal, IL, where he conducts studies on the prevalence, pathways, and styles of long-term addiction recovery. He is also past chair of the Board of Recovery Communities United and has been a volunteer consultant to Faces & Voices of Recovery since its inception in 2001. He has a master’s degree in Addiction Studies and has worked in the addictions field since 1969 as a street worker, counselor, clinical director, researcher, and well-traveled trainer and consultant. Mr. White has authored or co-authored more than 450 articles, monographs, research reports, book chapters, and 16 books, including the award-winning Slaying the Dragon—The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America. He was featured in the Bill Moyers’ PBS special “Close To Home: Addiction in America” and Showtime’s documentary “Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century.” His sustained contributions to the field have been acknowledged with awards from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NAADAC: The Association of Addiction Professionals, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Harvard University School of Medicine/Department of Psychiatry, and the Native American Wellbriety Movement. Mr. White’s widely read papers on recovery advocacy have been published in Let’s Go Make Some History: Chronicles of the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement. His collected recovery advocacy writings and professional publications on recovery management and recovery-oriented systems of care are posted at www.williamwhitepapers.com .
Henry Acosta is a licensed social worker in New Jersey, with more than 20 years of direct service and administrative experience working with children and families in both clinical and social service settings. He is the executive director of the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health. His work focuses on eliminating disparities in the availability of, access to, and provision of quality mental health services for Hispanics, and to heightening awareness, acceptance, and understanding of mental illness among the Hispanic population. In 2010, Mr. Acosta was elected as founding chair of the Alliance for Latino Behavioral Health Workforce Development, a strategic partnership of the Nation’s leading Latino health, behavioral health, civil rights, and advocacy organizations, as well as others that are committed to a more diverse bilingual, bicultural, and culturally competent behavioral health workforce.
Sought nationally and internationally as an expert/leader on Hispanic mental health issues and on organizational cultural competence, Mr. Acosta serves on the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma and on various other local, State, and national boards, advisory groups, and task forces. Previously, he served as co-chair of former New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey’s Hispanic Advisory Council on Policy Development Initiatives’ Health Subcommittee, and as chair of the committee’s Mental Health Work Group. His work has appeared in many professional publications, and he is a frequent speaker at local, State, national, and international events. He has also been featured on radio and television.
Mr. Acosta has served on the board of directors for NAMI and the Puerto Rican Family Institute Board. He also served as the chair of the National Hispanic/Latino American Agenda Summit’s Mental Health Issues and Platforms Committee in 2004.
Chris Herren has, in one short year, spearheaded a movement to change the conversation about young people and drugs in our society. He is the author of Basketball Junkie, an account of his basketball accomplishments, his rise to the National Basketball Association (NBA), his rapid descent into addiction, and his remarkable recovery through treatment. It is a story that has captivated the Nation. It was featured in the ESPN documentary, “Unguarded,” voted the best sports documentary of the year by Sports Illustrated, and nominated for two Emmy awards. Apart from these accolades, Mr. Herren has taken his message of the hope and promise of recovery to more than 100,000 young people in high schools and colleges across the country. Young people have made renewed commitments to a clean and sober life following one of his talks. Since October, he has received thousands of e-mails from individuals seeking treatment or asking how they can be part of this growing movement.
Mr. Herren is passionate about the need for increased attention to addiction and treatment, but he has not limited his campaign to speaking events. He also started his own foundation, The Herren Project, to help provide resources for individuals who cannot afford the cost of treatment. The Herren Project launched Project Purple, a nationwide movement to rally young people to be the faces and voices of recovery and of clean and sober choices. Project Purple has drawn the support of the NBA and other leading organizations nationwide. Mr. Herren is making his voice of recovery heard and in doing so is telling the Nation that addiction is treatable, and stigma and shame cannot keep hope and promise silent. His nearly 4 years in personal recovery demonstrates that treatment works.
Chamique Holdsclaw first made her mark as a high school basketball star at Christ the King High School, where she would lead her team to four straight State championships, becoming an all-American and one of the most highly sought-after college recruits in the country. She later accepted a full athletic scholarship to perennial women’s basketball powerhouse the University of Tennessee, under the tutelage of Hall of Fame coach Pat Summit. Her stellar collegiate career included leading the Lady Vols to three straight NCAA championships—the first time that had ever been accomplished in women’s college basketball history—as well as several all-American honors and countless other awards. Ms. Holdsclaw was the No. 1 pick in the 1999 WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics. Her rookie season was capped with a WNBA Rookie of the Year award as well as her first of six WNBA All-Star appearances. In 2000, she won a gold medal with Team USA at the Olympic Games in Sydney.
Aside from her outstanding athletic talent, Ms. Holdsclaw is committed to giving back to the community. She spends much of her free time speaking to women’s organizations and young girls about the importance of self esteem, education, and leading a healthy and physically active life. Recently, she has devoted her efforts to speaking to the mental health community, sharing her personal struggles with depression and her recovery. Her new book, Breaking Through: Beating the Odds Shot After Shot, aims to inspire others to find the strength to face their own life challenges and strive to become their best. She also wants to empower others who are struggling with mental health problems to seek the professional help they need. Ms. Holdsclaw ultimately hopes to erase the ugly stigma associated with mental health issues, especially within the African-American community.
After suffering for much of his life with turbulent relationships and what felt like uncontrollable emotions, National Football League (NFL) wide receiver Brandon Marshall received a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) in 2011 while in treatment at Boston’s McLean Hospital. After participating in intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other BPD-specific groups, in 2011 he finally gained the tools he needed to begin managing his life and career. On July 30, 2011, he came out publicly with his diagnosis, making him the first celebrity and public figure to come forward as a spokesperson for BPD.
Through his nonprofit foundation, Project Borderline (www.projectborderline.com ), Mr. Marshall has been working to improve outcomes for those diagnosed with BPD. He spoke at Harvard University to begin a dialogue about treatment for mental illness. In December, his launch party for Project Borderline brought together clinicians, consumers, family members, media, and athletes. Most recently, he spoke at the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA.BPD) conference in New York, which focused on the importance of treating adolescents with BPD. Early in the summer of 2012, he joined Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., the developer of DBT, at the National Alliance on Mental Illness national convention to speak with families and people who have the diagnosis as well.
Mr. Marshall is also working on a documentary, “Brandon Marshall: Borderline Beast.” It is an introspective look at his treatment at McLean, how he learned to defuse the bomb inside his head, and how he’s returning to the real world, the NFL, and a marriage he admittedly broke using the new tools and perspective he has gained to help him survive and thrive.
Mr. Marshall has dramatically altered many people’s perception about BPD and mental illness. His willingness to share this deeply personal struggle has taken great courage and made a difference in many lives.
Shery Mead had her first encounter with the mental health system as a teenager. It was a time when most people were over-medicated, shock treatments were routine, and no one asked about trauma and abuse. She was offered life in a halfway house and a limited future. Instead of accepting this fate, she threw out her pills and put her creative energy into music, allowing her to “say that which could not be said.” Years later she found herself back in the system, and discovered that neither the culture nor prognoses had changed much. In response, she started a peer organization and one of the Nation’s first peer-run crisis respites, where the focus was specifically on “unlearning the mental patient role.”
Ms. Mead’s own experiences began to inform the research and writing she was doing for master’s and doctoral studies, and Intentional Peer Support was born. The focus of Intentional Peer Support is on building authentic, mutually responsible relationships, providing a radical alternative to the focus on deficits. It has attracted international attention, and been adopted by a number of States, governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. Several human rights groups are promoting Intentional Peer Support as a non-coercive approach aimed at community development and social change.
Ms. Mead has spoken at many conferences and provided training locally, nationally, and internationally. Her current interests include:
Ms. Mead has written and co-written a number of books and had articles published in academic journals. She was part of the development of the SAMHSA publication Consumer-Operated Services Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) KIT (Knowledge Informing Transformation).
Brittany Holt, 25, has been described by those she serves as an “old soul,” wise beyond her years. Her passion for youth and mental health sparked in college. Double-majoring in psychology and women’s and gender studies, she became passionate about sharing her experiences, specifically with women and young adults. She interned at the Women’s Resource Center in Greensboro, NC; from then on she knew that was the type of work she was meant to do.
Since January 2011, Ms. Holt has worked for North Carolina Families United and was Youth Program Advisor for Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) North Carolina, the statewide chapter of a nationally recognized youth-led leadership organization. In this role, she organized an annual statewide leadership series for young adults age 15−21 who have mental health and/or substance use disorders, including trauma-based experiences.
Ms. Holt has worked at the Mental Health Association (MHA) in Greensboro since March 2010. She’s a Certified Peer Support Specialist in North Carolina, where she provides one-on-one support for adults dealing with a mental health diagnosis, and facilitates both wellness recovery classes and support groups. She promotes art therapy as a form of self-expression and occasionally offers poetry workshops.
Ms. Holt recently began a full-time Master’s in Social Work program but will continue to work with Youth M.O.V.E. North Carolina and MHA. Her ability to relate with both youth and adults and serve them through experience with knowledge, understanding, and compassion has had quite an impact on the Greensboro community.
(Season 4, Episode 9: Kill Shot)
A sniper on a killing spree is terrorizing New York City. With the clock ticking down to the next murder and nothing to go on, this could prove the team’s toughest case yet. The hunt is made even more complicated when Detective Beckett (Stana Katic) begins to experience increasingly strong moments of PTSD—moments she tries hard to hide from Castle (Nathan Fillion) and the other detectives.
Castle and members of his daughter’s art class work out the only clues left at the distant sniper’s hideouts: cuttings from Renaissance paintings, each alluding to the next murder site. After a third target survives, Castle works out a superficial point in common and postulates a tragic motive.
Writer: Alexi Hawley
Producers: David Amann, Armyan Bernstein, Rob Bowman, Christine Boylan, Elizabeth Davis, David Grae, Howard Grigsby, Rob Hanning, Alexi Hawley, Marc Kahn, Moira Kirland, Andrew Marlowe, Joan Van Horn, Terence Paul Winter, Laurie Zaks
(Season 3, Episode 14: On My Way)
At his new school, Dave (Max Adler) finds himself the victim of a vicious hate crime. His teammate Nick (Curt Mega) outs him in the locker room after spotting Dave and Kurt (Chris Colfer) on a date on Valentine’s Day. Returning home to find his Facebook page covered in hateful, homophobic rants, Dave cracks. He methodically puts on his best suit, and then uses his belt to try to hang himself.
Teachers and administrators at McKinley High discuss breaking the news about Dave’s attempted suicide to his former classmates. Will (Matthew Morrison) notes how social media makes anonymous attacks so much easier than they used to be, making kids feel the pressure of their reputations even more. Sue (Jane Lynch) admits that she should have done more to help Dave when she was principal and the problems between Kurt and him escalated. Will says that they were all hard on Dave, fearing that he might hurt Kurt, but never thinking he might hurt himself. Though Figgins (Iqbal Theba) tells them it was not their job to know, the staff still feel responsible.
The incident makes Sebastian (Grant Gustin) deeply regret an encounter at a gay club when he cruelly criticized Dave and advised him to “stay in the closet.” Will reminds his students that many kids contemplate suicide, and encourages them to envision something to look forward to in their futures. When Kurt visits Dave in the hospital, he prompts Dave to do the same, which encourages him. Since Dave cannot imagine returning to his school, Kurt urges him to simply go somewhere else, with the support of those who love and accept him.
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Matthew Hodgson, Ross Maxwell
Producers: Ali Adler, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Ian Brennan, Bradley Buecker, Robert Del Valle, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Michael Hitchcock, Alexis Martin Woodall, Ryan Murphy, Marti Noxon, Zach Woodlee
(Season 1, Episode 11: The Vest)
In the wake of an explosion, Saul (Mandy Patinkin) finds Carrie (Claire Danes) hospitalized and manic. After a week of recuperation from her injuries, Carrie acts like a totally different person, speaking rapidly and raving about terrorist Abu Nazir. Saul and Maggie (Amy Hargreaves) take Carrie home. Maggie explains to Saul that Carrie has bipolar disorder, that the trauma from the explosion triggered a major manic episode in her, and that she will need supervision around the clock while her medication takes effect. Saul agrees to start staying overnight at Carrie’s house.
That night, Saul goes through the papers that Carrie had been working on. Through the papers, Saul effectively produces a timeline of Abu Nazir’s activity. Carrie and Saul analyze the timeline the next morning and focus on a period of inactivity from Abu Nazir which, unbeknownst to them, coincides with the death of Nazir’s son Issa.
Despite her father’s (James Rebhorn) protests, Carrie calls Brody (Damian Lewis) and asks about Abu Nazir’s period of inactivity, since he was there and had a personal connection with Nazir. Brody offers to come over and discuss it. When Carrie answers her door, she finds her boss Estes (David Harewood) at the door instead. Estes reveals that Brody talked to him, confessing to an affair with Carrie and claiming that Carrie was spying on him and continually harassing him. Finding Carrie acting bizarrely, Estes discovers the timeline, made up of highly classified materials that should not be in her home. Estes, already looking for a scapegoat, needs no more convincing, and fires Carrie.
Writers: Chip Johannessen, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm
Producers: Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Avi Nir, Katie O’Hara, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm, Ran Telem
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
(Season 13, Episode 2: Personal Fouls)
As coach Ray (Dan Lauria) is inducted into the Metro Basketball Hall of Fame by former students Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, an ex-player accuses the coach of sexually abusing him as a child. The detectives interview former players but no one admits to abuse, forcing Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay), the child of a victim of rape, and Detective Tutuola (Ice-T) to dig deeper into the life of Coach Ray’s most successful player, basketball star Prince Miller (Mehcad Brooks).
Prince does not want to talk about the past, insisting the accusations against Coach Ray are lies. When he realizes what is at stake for the young boys Coach Ray continues to coach, however, Prince admits the truth to himself and the public at a press conference, encouraging other victims of similar abuse to report the truth and move toward recovery.
Writer: Bryan Goluboff
Producers: Gail Barringer, Michael Ciliento, David DeClerque, Mark Dragin, Arthur Forney, Bryan Goluboff, Peter Jankowski, Ted Kotcheff, Warren Leight, Julie Martin, Judith McCreary, Jonathan Strauss, Robin Veith, Dick Wolf
Dani (Callie Thorne) thought she had it all figured out: a beautiful home, a successful husband, two great kids, and a satisfying career as a psychotherapist. But when she catches her husband cheating on her, her perfect world begins to unravel, and she is forced to find a way to keep her family, finances, and sanity intact. A romantic encounter with Matt (Marc Blucas), the handsome trainer of the local professional football team offers a chance to demonstrate her special brand of “tough love” therapy. Dani takes on the team’s unpredictable star wide receiver, Terrence (Mehcad Brooks), as a patient. Through this experience, she becomes the most sought-after therapist for professional athletes and other high-profile personalities on Long Island. Even with the difficulties of being a newly divorced single parent employed by a demanding organization, Dani begins to find her footing.
Writers: Mark Altman, Damani Johnson, Steven Kriozere, Liz Kruger, Mark Kruger, Jeffrey Lieber, Tracy McMillan, Ildy Modrovich, Craig Shapiro, Scott Shapiro, Antoinette Stella, Colin Sweeney
Producers: Mark Altman, Donna Dannenfelser, Kevin Dowling, Steven Kriozere, Liz Kruger, Mark Kruger, Jeffrey Lieber, Guinevere McPherson, Ildy Modrovich, Lynn Raynor, Joe Sabatino, Peter Schindler, Craig Shapiro, Antoinette Stella
(Season 3, Episodes 5–8: Nora, Tales from the Luncheonette, Forced Family Fun, In-Between)
After finding her ex-husband Seth (John Corbett) beaten up outside his motel, Sarah (Lauren Graham) drags him back to her guesthouse to clean him up. Seth claims it was just a bar fight, but Sarah insists that his drinking problem has to stop. She gives her ex-husband the ultimatum of getting help from rehab or not seeing his children again. Eventually, Seth agrees to do whatever it takes to get help.
Sarah faces opposition from her father Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) about giving money to help Seth out. Seth finds rehab harder than he thought, but sticks with it to try to earn Sarah’s forgiveness. Sarah’s decision to help Seth through his counseling sessions starts to interfere with her relationship with her boyfriend Mark, to the point that she starts cancelling dates.
Seth’s teenage daughter Amber (Mae Whitman) offers to let him stay at her apartment once he is released from rehab, and Amber begins to understand what her mom had been going through for so many years.
Writers: Kerry Ehrin, Eric Guggenheim, Jason Katims, Sarah Watson
Producers: Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Brian Grazer, Jason Katims, Ron Howard, David Hudgins, Dylan Massin, Devin Rich, Lawrence Trilling, Patrick Ward, Sarah Watson
Plagued by a series of terrifying visions, young husband and father Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from his own mind. When he begins having terrifying dreams about an encroaching apocalyptic storm, he chooses to keep the disturbance to himself, channeling his anxiety into the obsessive building of a storm shelter in his family’s backyard. His seemingly inexplicable behavior concerns and confounds his wife, Samantha, (Jessica Chastain) and provokes intolerance among co-workers, friends, and neighbors. But the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within the community do not compare to Curtis’ private fear of what his dreams may truly signify. Faced with the proposition that his disturbing visions signal disaster of one kind or another, Curtis eventually confides in Samantha, testing the power of their bond against the highest possible stakes.
Writer: Jeff Nichols
Producers: Tyler Davidson, Kevin Flanigan, Sarah Green, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Christos Konstantakopoulos, Sophia Lin, Chris Perot, Richard Rothfeld, Robert Ruggeri, Colin Strause, Greg Strause, Adam Wilkins
BOB AND THE MONSTER
Six years in the making, this award-winning documentary follows outspoken indie-rock hero Bob Forrest from his life-threatening struggle with addiction to his transformation into one of the most influential and controversial drug counselors in the U.S. The film combines contemporary footage, animation, and compelling interviews with archival performances and personal videos from Bob’s past to reveal the complex layers of this troubled but hopeful soul.
Testimony from Bob’s peers, including Courtney Love, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, and members of Jane’s Addiction, Fishbone, and Guns N’ Roses adds texture to the film, but it is the depth of Bob’s music that illuminates this unforgettable and inspirational story.
Producers: Jonathan Anastas, Keirda Bahruth, Rick Ballard, John Battsek, David Beitchman, Marie Braden, Marc Bruder, Greg Collins, Susan Durbin, Jeff Frey, Nik Frost, Zoe Fyfe, Alex Hill, Jeremy Hyler, Morgan Langley, Jan Bart Leeuw, Nelson Leonard, Ricky Beck Mahler, Aaron Morrison, Christopher Pellegrini, Scott Pourroy, Andrew Ruhemann, Kenneth Shiffrin, Michael Simby, Jimmy Tartanella, Sandra Valdivieso, Austin Wilkin
DEMI LOVATO: STAY STRONG
In this 1-hour documentary film on Demi Lovato, the young singer reflects on the rough ride that led her to purging and self-harming. Demi lets the MTV audience inside her most private moments during her very public recovery from her eating disorder. With cameras following, she returns for the first time to the treatment facility she retreated to in November 2010, speaks candidly to her recovering peers about her experiences, and thanks the counselors and staff who she says kept her alive. Demi also lets the audience witness firsthand her evolution as an artist, as she ditches her Disney past and tries on a new persona as confessional singer-songwriter, performing an album full of deeply personal material in front of sold-out crowds for the first time.
Producers: Liz Bradley, Clint Caluory, Caroline Fokides, Robert Friedman, Jennifer Helm, Jon Kamen, Ryan Kroft, Lauren Leb, Nicole Pusateri, Kimberly Rudolph, Frank Scherma, Dave Sirulnick, Samantha Storr, Justin Wilkes
Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Hock has mastered the art of telling stories about the struggles and triumphs of American hometown heroes. In this documentary, Chris Herren of Fall River, MA, was a high school basketball standout who battled the pressures of making it big from an early age. After dropping out of Boston College, he landed on Jerry Tarkanian’s notorious Fresno State team, where players were likely to be found on both police blotters and All-American lists. Mr. Herren failed drug tests at Boston College and Fresno State, but he was so talented that he was drafted into the National Basketball Association anyway, ending up with the Boston Celtics.
At the moment he started to realize his childhood dream of becoming a star for his home team, Mr. Herren fell into a 10-year spiral of addiction, bouncing from team to team and country to country. Ultimately, he found redemption and personal fulfillment through the game.
Producers: Philip Aromando, Andy Billman, Keith Clinkscales, John Dahl, Mark Durand, Alex Evans, Libby Geist, Joan Lynch, William McDonald, Rachel McDonald Salazar, Kris Meyer, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons, John Skipper, Sharee Stephens, John Walsh
METTA WORLD PEACE
A native of Queensbridge, NY, Metta World Peace excelled at basketball in high school and was named a McDonald’s All-American as a senior at La Salle Academy. After 2 years of studying mathematics and playing basketball at St. John’s University, he entered the 1999 NBA draft, where he was selected by the Chicago Bulls. He became the only player with 271 steals in his first two seasons in the NBA, breaking Michael Jordan’s record.
Mr. World Peace is currently a forward with the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he won the 2010 NBA Championship. Known around the league for his defensive skills, he was selected to the 2005–06 NBA All-Defensive Team, and was voted by the media as the 2003–04 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Off the basketball court, the father of four took many steps during the 2010–12 seasons to advocate for mental health. He raffled off his 2010 NBA championship ring and raised more than $650,000 for the cause, appeared in public service announcements with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and lobbied Congress in support of the Mental Health in Schools Act. Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson praised him for “going out to visit schools and kids and register the importance of using counseling during troubled times for kids in their developmental years.” For his efforts, Mr. World Peace was awarded the 2010–11 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for raising awareness and funds for mental health issues. The award, determined by a panel of 150 basketball journalists, honors an NBA player or coach who has displayed “outstanding service and dedication to the community.”
Mr. World Peace has remained an active contributor in his hometown and in the cities of teams for which he has played, while working simultaneously in global regions that require humanitarian aid. He formed a nonprofit in August 2007 titled Xcel University to streamline his charitable contributions and community endeavors. He has helped distribute more than 1 million meals to impoverished areas of Kenya as part of a Feed the Children program campaign, and covered the costs of setting up an HIV-testing clinic in Nairobi.
In addition to his contributions to children’s mental health, Mr. World Peace has visited dozens of community centers, schools, and libraries in low-income areas across the country, speaking to kids about the virtues of education and a life devoid of violence and drugs. He has sponsored summer basketball tournaments in the Queensbridge Projects in New York City, sent kids from Queensbridge to summer camps, and makes it financially possible for kids from Queensbridge who show academic promise to attend private schools.
Shonda Rhimes is the creator, executive producer, and head writer of ABC’s hit shows “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” and “Scandal.” She has established herself as a creative force in Hollywood, and in 2007 was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 people who help shape the world. She won the Best Television Drama Series Golden Globe Award in 2007 for “Grey’s Anatomy.”
In both “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” each of which have received either Voice Awards and/or Honorable Mentions in 2009–2011, Ms. Rhimes has featured impactful storylines, including a military doctor struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, a doctor dealing with the trauma caused by her rape, and a hospital staff coping with the traumatic effects of a hospital shooting.
Ms. Rhimes has shown an uncanny ability to create characters that audiences can connect with and storylines that are both engaging and enlightening. She approaches her writing and producing with an unwavering confidence that combines self-deprecating humor, brutal honesty, and grace. With the success of her shows, Ms. Rhimes has been able to shine a light on a variety of important issues that people all over the world are struggling with every day. In particular, her work has been an important vehicle for educating television audiences about the real experiences of people with mental health and/or substance use disorders and those impacted by trauma.