Voice Awards Honor Community and Entertainment Leaders

On Wednesday night, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) held the 10th annual Voice Awards at UCLA’s Royce Hall hosted by “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson. The evening honored extraordinary behavioral health community leaders for their exemplary work as well as entertainment professionals in television and film for accurate depictions of behavioral health conditions in the entertainment media. This year’s event focused on the importance of preventing suicide and highlighted relevant myths and facts throughout the show.

TTA Partnership_Sqaure_1 (5)Each Mind Matters was proud to be part of this year’s Voice Awards by sponsoring Text, Talk, Act. Through text messaging, a conversation about mental health can happen anywhere at anytime by gathering a group of people and receiving discussion questions to help guide the conversation.

Stars Wayne Brady and Brittany Snow were honored for their efforts to improve public awareness and understanding of mental health. Both Snow and Brady have shared their personal stories of recovery and resilience with the public in hopes that others will learn to speak up about their own challenges.

There were seven different award categories and 18 total awards were given to those who have worked tirelessly to spread awareness of mental health challenges and the stigma faced by many. Television shows “Empire” and “Madam Secretary” were awarded for storylines addressing mental health challenges and the film “Cake” for addressing suicide and substance use. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to DeQuincy Lezine, Ph.D., author of “Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide” for his efforts in suicide prevention.

As the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, suicide touches the lives of so many people; however, with prevention and early intervention efforts, suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, or if you need guidance on how to help someone else, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

For a full list of winners and event details, please visit http://prn.to/1L9w4s6.