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2008 Welcome Back Awards Winners Honored for Extraordinary Achievements in the Field of Depression
Date:5/2/2008

- Five Honorees, Person of the Decade Announced at Special 10th Anniversary

Ceremony in Washington, DC -

INDIANAPOLIS, May 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eli Lilly and Company is proud to honor six inspiring winners at the 10th annual Welcome Back Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3. For the past decade, the Welcome Back Awards has recognized individuals for their outstanding commitments to mental health, donating nearly half a million dollars to not- for-profit organizations on behalf of program honorees.

"These honorees are breaking new ground in the field of depression; from providing mental health guidance for victims of Hurricane Katrina to bringing postpartum depression education to life, these winners tackle mental health issues from the ground up," said Rakesh Jain, M.D., Welcome Back Award committee member and director of psychiatric drug research at R/D Clinical Research Center in Lake Jackson, Texas. "Each of the winners is a pioneer, bringing depression awareness to their individual communities and the country at large."

This year, in celebration of the program's 10th anniversary, a special "Person of the Decade" award was created to honor a previous winner whose work continues to positively impact the depression community.

"I was on the verge of giving up when I received a life-changing call, informing me I won a Welcome Back Award," said Rory White, founding manager of the Skid Row Lamp Art Project in Los Angeles and a 2004 honoree, who was selected this year by an independent committee of experts as the Welcome Back Award Person of the Decade. "Bringing validation to programs like mine, the Welcome Back Awards has helped create a legacy that will work to banish the stigma of mental illness for years to come," White said

Although White's work with the Skid Row Lamp Art Project is the most rewarding endeavor of his life, securing funding and recognition for this high-level a
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