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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2009, Volume 17, Number 6 

photo of Voice Award trophies

2009 Voice Awards

SAMHSA Honors Consumer Leaders, Writers, and Producers

Those in the entertainment industry are in a unique position to reach millions of viewers. At the 2009 Voice Awards, SAMHSA honored writers and producers who ensured an accurate portrayal of mental health issues.

Awards also were given to outstanding leaders in the mental health recovery movement who are working to promote the social inclusion of people with mental health issues and the possibility of recovery.

The event was hosted by Academy Award-winning actor and mental health consumer Richard Dreyfuss at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

Consumer Awards

SAMHSA bestowed Consumer Leadership Awards on five mental health advocates and community leaders—Eric Arauz (North Brunswick, NJ); Marian Bacon (Memphis, TN); Mark Davis (Philadelphia, PA); John Kevin Hines (San Francisco, CA); and Ann Kirkwood (Boise, ID). The Young Adult Leadership Award was given to T.J. Curtis (Brooklyn, NY).

These individuals were honored for their work to promote community acceptance and support to facilitate recovery for people with mental health issues.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Mary Ellen Copeland (West Dummerston, VT) for her contributions to the mental health recovery movement. Through her own experience with manic depression, she has conducted research and written many books on mental health recovery. Ms. Copeland also developed the Wellness and Recovery Action Plan, a simple self-help system for identifying personal resources to get and stay well.

In addition, former U.S. Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon and Mrs. Sharon Smith, whose son Garrett died by suicide at age 21, received the SAMHSA Spotlight Award for heightening awareness about suicide prevention.

Senator Smith put forth legislation called the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act to provide funding for youth suicide prevention activities. These funds contribute to SAMHSA’s Campus Suicide Prevention Grant program. See SAMHSA News online, November/December 2007 and May/June 2009 for highlights of how colleges and universities around the Nation use these funds to help keep young people safe.

Entertainment Winners

SAMHSA honored five-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close with a Special Recognition Award for her work to educate the public about the effect of stigma on those with mental illness and their families.

Writers and producers received Voice Awards for their work on the following projects. The specific mental health issue addressed is in parentheses.

Television

  • “Grey’s Anatomy” for the episode “Sweet Surrender” (post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD])
  • “United States of Tara” for the episode “Inspiration” (dissociative identity disorder)
  • “90210” for the episodes “Off the Rails” and “Okaeri, Donna!” (bipolar disorder)
  • “Monk” for the episode “Mr. Monk’s 100th Case” (obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • “Law & Order: SVU” for the episode “Trials” (PTSD)
  • “In Treatment” for the episode “Gina” (depression)
  • Front of the Class, a made-for-television movie (Tourette’s Syndrome).

Film

  • The Soloist (schizophrenia)
  • Lars and the Real Girl (delusional disorder)
  • Michael Clayton (bipolar disorder)
  • Helen (depression)

Documentary

  • Autism: The Musical (autism)
  • In a Dream (delusional disorder)
  • MTV Network’s “True Life: I Have Schizophrenia” (schizophrenia).

See a full list of 2009 winners.

Special Exhibit

The GlassBook Project—an innovative art project program of Witness Justice and Rutgers University-Newark, Department of Arts, Culture and Media to increase social inclusion of individuals with mental illness—was showcased at this year’s event. See SAMHSA News online, September/October 2009 for more information on the GlassBook Project.

Find out more about SAMHSA’s Voice Awards.

Photo Gallery

photo of consumer leaders honored with Voice Awards along with SAMHSA staff and event host Richard Dreyfuss

(L to r) Eric Arauz, Ann Kirkwood, T.J. Curtis, event host Richard Dreyfuss, Mark Davis, Kevin Hines, Mary Ellen Copeland, Marian Bacon, CMHS Director Kathryn Power, M.Ed., and Acting SAMHSA Administrator Eric B. Broderick. Mr. Arauz, Ms. Kirkwood, Mr. Davis, Mr. Hines, and Ms. Bacon received Consumer Leadership Awards. Mr. Curtis received the Young Adult Leadership Award. Ms. Copeland was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

photo of former Senator Gordon Smith and Mrs. Sharon Smith photo of actor Ice-T photo of Autism: the Musical cast and crew

Former Senator Gordon Smith (left) and his wife Sharon Smith (right) received the SAMHSA Spotlight Award for heightening awareness about suicide prevention.

Actor Ice-T accepts the Voice Award on behalf of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Cast and crew from the film Autism: The Musical smile for a photo upon arrival at the Paramount Studios Theatre.

photo of actor Aasha Davis and writers William Harper and Sonay Washington photo of SAMHSA’s Paolo del Vecchio and Mary Ellen Copeland photo of SAMHSA’s Gary Blau and T.J. Curtis

Actor Aasha Davis (left) presents a Voice Award to writers William Harper (center) and Sonay Washington (right) for “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Associate Director for Consumer Affairs at CMHS (left), presents Mary Ellen Copeland (right) with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gary M. Blau, Ph.D., Chief of SAMHSA’s Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch at CMHS (left), presents T.J. Curtis (right) with the Young Adult Leadership Award.



  News & Updates  
Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Read more, view Webcast, and see photos.

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Study may help to highlight the need for public education about the Federal parity law.

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Entertainment industry and consumer leaders honored in Hollywood. Photo gallery.


  Publications  
TIP 52:  Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

TIP 52: Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

Improving counselors’ skills takes coaching and mentoring.

Guidelines: Responding to Mental Health Crises

Report offers principles for safe interventions.

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Cross-agency, unified approach is recommended.


  Grants  
Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Call for applications include Peer-to-Peer Recovery program.

Tribal Grants Awarded

In Montana, a tribal group recently accepted a “big check.”


  Homelessness  
New Research Available on Parenting

New Research on Parenting

SAMHSA staff recently guest-edited 11 articles that focus on parenting.

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

New, interactive Web site features a library of tools.


  Adolescents & Substance Use  
“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

Online toolkit helps family, teachers, and doctors keep teens from abusing prescription drugs.

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Fewer youth are using tobacco products.

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Age relates to teens’ perception of the danger of substance use.


  Suicide Awareness  
Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

Lifeline’s Twitter, Facebook numbers rise.


  Prevention Update  
Native American Center for Excellence

Native American Center for Excellence

Recent event included a hoop dancing demonstration.



  Also in this Issue  
Gender Differences in Adolescents

Gender Differences in Adolescents

State reports on behavioral health problems presented by gender.

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

Order free wallet cards in English and en español.



  


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