Lights! Camera! Action! The 2011 Voice Awards—to be hosted by NBC’s “Parenthood” star and Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Peter Krause—is set to take place on Wednesday, August 24, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.
Since 2005, the Voice Awards have honored writers and producers who champion people with behavioral health problems through dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals in television and film. This year’s nominees include “The Fighter,” “The King’s Speech,” FOX’s “Glee,” NBC’s “Harry’s Law,” ABC’s “Private Practice,” and HBO’s “Treme.”
At this yearʼs awards program, SAMHSA will spotlight resilience and recovery from trauma. The agency will present Special Recognition Awards to trauma survivor and advocate Ron Barber—district director to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords—along with Tucson Mayor Robert E. Walkup and his wife, Beth, for their efforts to help the Tucson community and the Nation heal from the traumatic events of January 8.
In addition to honoring entertainment productions, the Voice Awards also recognize the achievements of consumer/peer leaders who are working to promote the social inclusion of their peers dealing with mental and substance use disorders and offer hope for the real possibility of recovery. Jacki McKinney, M.S.W., from Philadelphia will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership and advocacy on behalf of trauma survivors.
Consumer/Peer Leadership Awards will be presented to behavioral health advocates and community leaders Tonier Cain, Alexandria, VA; Athena Haddon, Worcester, MA; Luis Carlos Montalván, New York, NY; Heidi Kraft, San Diego, CA; and Pat Risser, Ashland, OH. The Young Adult Leadership Award will be presented to Amanda Gregory of Orland, CA, on behalf of SAMHSA’s Child Mental Health Initiative.
Previous SAMHSA Special Recognition Award and Career Achievement Award recipients at the Voice Awards have included actors Glenn Close, Howie Mandel, and Brooke Shields, as well as producers Neal Baer and David Hoberman. Last year, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter received SAMHSAʼs Lifetime Leadership in Behavioral Health Award. Past Voice Award entertainment winners include “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire,” “The Soloist,” HBO’s “Temple Grandin” FOX’s “House,” ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” USA Network’s “Monk,” and The CW’s “90210.”
Live in the Los Angeles area or interested in attending the Voice Awards this year? Visit www.VoiceAwardsRSVP.org to register. The August 24 event is free and open to the public, but advance registration and photo identification is required to attend. Registered attendees are also invited to join the Voice Awards after-party celebration following the awards program.
For more information about the Voice Awards program, the event webcast, and to view the full list of collaborating organizations, visit www.voiceawards.samhsa.gov.