SAMHSA opens nominations for Voice Awards to TV, film, and consumer/peer leaders in behavioral health

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National awards program to spotlight the unique mental health and substance use challenges of young adults

WASHINGTON—The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Voice Awards.  The awards program recognizes consumer/peer leaders and TV and film professionals who use their work and personal stories of resilience to demonstrate that people with mental health and/or substance use disorders can and do recover and lead meaningful lives.

To be eligible, consumer/peer leaders must personally demonstrate that recovery is real and possible; have experience in leading efforts to reduce the discrimination and misperceptions associated with behavioral health problems; and be making a positive impact on communities, workplaces, or schools.  Television and film productions must contain a positive behavioral health storyline and must have aired in a public setting between April 15, 2013 and April 14, 2014.

In 2014, the theme of the awards program is the behavioral health of young adults and their experiences in dealing with mental 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 the services and supports that enable recovery.

The 2014 Voice Awards also seeks TV and film productions that accurately and respectfully portray the behavioral health experiences of young adults and their journeys of recovery.

All nominations are due Friday, April 18.

To submit nominations, visit the Voice Awards Web site at Nominations are open to anyone.  There is no limit to the number of nominations an individual can submit, and self-nominations are welcome.  All nominees are reviewed by a panel of judges that includes TV and film professionals; consumer/peer leaders; and representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, behavioral health advocacy organizations, and other Voice Awards program partners.

This year’s award winners will be recognized at the ninth annual Voice Awards event that will take place on August 13 at Royce Hall on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus.

For more information about the Voice Awards, event updates, and instructions on how to submit a nomination(s), visit

To connect with the Voice Awards and SAMHSA, follow @samhsagov on Twitter and visit on Facebook.

For more information about SAMHSA visit:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

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