LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Tonight, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Hosted by suicide prevention and mental health advocates Pastor Rick and Kay Warren, the Voice Awards program also will honor prominent mental health advocate Gilberto Romero with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his five decades advocating for behavioral health services and support for underrepresented populations in New Mexico.
The Warrens are founders of the Saddleback Church in Southern California and authors of several books, including the best-selling "The Purpose Driven Life" and "The Purpose Driven Church." Following the loss of their son Matthew to suicide, the Warrens have become outspoken advocates for suicide prevention and improved treatment for people living with mental illness.
At this year's event, SAMHSA will present its Special Recognition Award to Walter Ginter, the founding Project Director of the Medication-Assisted Recovery Services (MARS™) Project. Ginter's project has been instrumental in combating the opioid epidemic by providing peer recovery support to those assisted by medication in their recovery from an opioid addiction. The program also will honor CBS Cares with an Industry Achievement Award for bringing greater attention to critical health issues affecting many Americans.
In its 13th year, the Voice Awards program recognizes leaders in the entertainment industry and behavioral health community who work to increase awareness and understanding of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The program also connects the television and film community with the people and stories they are portraying encourage accurate and respectful portrayals of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The 2018 Voice Awards event will be streamed live beginning at 6 p.m. PDT/9 p.m. EDT from UCLA's Royce Hall. To view the live webcast, visit www.samhsa.gov/voice-awards.
The following awards will be presented to community leaders and entertainment productions:
Lifetime Achievement Award for advocating for behavioral health services and supports for underrepresented populations in New Mexico:
Consumer/Peer/Family Leadership Awards for sharing their behavioral health journey and spreading hope in their communities by advocating that recovery is possible and helping others on their path to treatment and wellness:
Young Adult Leadership Award for teaching, mentoring, and encouraging young people to reduce the misperceptions around mental illnesses and substance use disorders:
Industry Achievement Award for leading the way to spotlight mental health issues that affect communities:
The Voice Awards program is a collaborative effort among behavioral health and entertainment industry organizations. For more information about the Voice Awards and to view the list of collaborating behavioral health and entertainment industry organizations, visit www.samhsa.gov/voice-awards.
Join the Voice Awards conversation by liking SAMHSA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/samhsa and following @samhsa.gov and the hashtag #VoiceAwards on Twitter.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) 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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