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TV & Film Stars Join SAMHSA to Honor Glenn Close at 2009 Voice Awards

Thursday, September 17, 2009 General News J E 4
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Close to be recognized at award program honoring screenwriters, producers, and mental health advocates to raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will honor five-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close at the 2009 Voice Awards for her work to educate the public about the impact of mental illness on families and society. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 14, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA, and will bring together representatives from the entertainment industry with the mental health community.

The Voice Awards honor writers and producers who have given a voice to people with mental health issues by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals into film and television productions. The event will celebrate nominees that include The Soloist, Michael Clayton, Lars and the Real Girl, "90210," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Law & Order: SVU." The Voice Awards also will celebrate the achievements of mental health consumer leaders who are working to promote the social inclusion of people with mental health issues and the real possibility of recovery.

WHAT: 2009 Voice Awards--www.voiceawards.samhsa.gov

WHEN: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Red Carpet Arrival--6:00 p.m., PDT

Awards Ceremony--7:00 p.m., PDT

After-Party Event--9:00 p.m., PDT

WHERE: Paramount Theater at Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA

VISUAL: Pre-event red carpet photo opportunities

To attend the event or request an interview, contact Crystal Borde at 202-331-4323.

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity, and effectiveness of the Nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health service delivery systems.

The Voice Awards are part of the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery, a multi-year public service advertising program of SAMHSA and the Ad Council to promote understanding and support for young adults and others with mental illnesses.

CONTACT: Crystal Borde, +1-202-331-4323, for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Aug. 31/

SOURCE Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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