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SAMHSA Honors The Soloist, 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'United States Of Tara,' and Mental Health Consumer Leaders at The Star-Studded 2009 Voice Awards
Date:10/15/2009

LOS ANGLES, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Writers and producers from The Soloist, "Grey's Anatomy," "United States of Tara," "90210," and others were honored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for increasing awareness of mental health issues and the power of recovery at the 2009 Voice Awards last night. The event was hosted by Academy Award-winning actor and mental health consumer Richard Dreyfuss at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

"Writers, producers and mental health consumer leaders have tremendous influence over public perceptions about mental health issues," said Acting SAMHSA Administrator Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H. "On behalf of the estimated 50 million Americans who live with mental health problems, the Voice Awards honors these individuals to encourage more mental health storylines and advocacy, building the supportive communities that are vital to mental health recovery."

The Voice Awards recognizes writers and producers who have given a voice to people with mental health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals into television and film productions. Awards also were given to outstanding leaders in the mental health recovery movement who are working to promote the social inclusion of people with mental health issues and the real possibility of recovery. The 2009 Voice Awards entertainment winners are:

Television Category

  • "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC) for the episode "Sweet Surrender" addressing post-traumatic stress disorder;
  • "United States of Tara" (Showtime) for the episode "Inspiration" addressing dissociative identity disorder;
  • "90210" (CW) for the episodes "Off the Rails" and "Okaeri, Donna!" addressing bipolar disorder;
  • "Monk" (USA) for the episode "Mr. Monk's 100th Case" addressing obsessive compulsive disorder;
  • "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC) for the ep
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