FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 6 p.m. ET
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SAMHSA HONORS COMMUNITY AND ENTERTAINMENT LEADERS AT 2013 VOICE AWARDS FOR GIVING A VOICE TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH RECOVERY
National awards program to recognize David O. Russell, Patrick Kennedy, and more who educate others about mental and/or substance use disorders
LOS ANGELES — Tonight at the 2013 Voice Awards, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will honor Academy Award nominee David O. Russell, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, retired U.S. Army General Peter Chiarelli, as well as community leaders and TV, film and documentary screenwriters and producers for helping educate the American people that people recover from mental and/or substance use disorders.
Now in its eighth year, the Voice Awards program—held during National Recovery Month—brings together representatives from the behavioral health community and the entertainment industry to improve the public awareness about mental health and substance use issues. The event—hosted by actors Mehcad Brooks (USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness”) and Max Burkholder (NBC’s “Parenthood”)—will take place at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.
“It is more important than ever to raise our voices — through TV, film and other media – to proclaim that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, that treatment is effective and that people recover,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. “This year’s theme — Giving a Voice to Recovery — reflects SAMHSA’s focus on the great impact that individuals and communities can have when they support and give a voice to people with mental and/or substance use disorders. And the Affordable Care Act will help to ensure that behavioral health services will be more accessible to Americans in need than ever before.”
The 2013 Voice Awards individual and entertainment industry honorees are:
SAMHSA Special Recognition Awards for work to reduce the discrimination and misperceptions associated with people with behavioral health problems, and increase access to behavioral health services and supports.
Consumer/Peer Leadership Awards for sharing their stories of recovery and working to improve public acceptance of people with behavioral health problems.
Young Adult Leadership
The Voice Awards program is a collaborative effort among behavioral health and entertainment industry organizations. For a complete list of the 24 organizations involved in this year’s effort, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/voiceawards.
The 2013 Voice Awards event will be streamed live on the Web on September 25 beginning at 6 p.m. PDT/9 p.m. EDT. To view the live webcast, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/voiceawards. To join the conversation about the Voice Awards, follow @samhsagov and #VoiceAwards on Twitter, and like SAMHSA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/samhsa.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.