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Voice Awards 2014 Call for Nominations. Nominate now for SAMHSA's 2014 Voice Awards. Consumer/Peer leader nominations due Friday, April 4. TV and film nominations due Friday, April 18.

Join SAMHSA’s Voice Awards Program…

Recognize consumer/peer leaders and television and film professionals who educate the public about behavioral health. Through their work and personal stories of resilience, both groups of leaders demonstrate that people with mental health and/or substance use disorders can and do recover and lead meaningful lives.

If you know of a consumer/peer leader who has made outstanding contributions in all of the following areas, please nominate that person for a 2014 Voice Award.

  • Personally demonstrated that recovery is real and possible;
  • Led efforts to reduce the discrimination and misperceptions associated with behavioral health problems; and
  • Made a positive impact on communities, workplaces, or schools.

Similarly, if you know of a television or film production that aired in a public setting after April 15, 2013, which contains a positive behavioral health storyline, please nominate it for a 2014 Voice Award.

In 2014, the theme of the awards program is the behavioral health of young adults and their experiences in dealing with mental health and/or substance use disorders. Special consideration therefore will be given to young adult and other consumer/peer leaders who educate the public about the needs of young adults and empower them to seek services and supports that enable recovery. Special consideration will also be given to television and film productions that accurately and respectfully portray the behavioral health experiences of young adults and their journeys of recovery.


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

The Voice Awards program defines “consumer/peer leader” broadly as a person who has received or is receiving services for a mental health and/or substance use disorder.

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