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The Welcome Back Awards Seeks Nominations to Recognize Those Dedicated to the Depression Community
Date:9/24/2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Welcome Back Awards is now accepting nominations to honor those who work in the depression community. The Welcome Back Awards is a program established by Eli Lilly and Company to recognize outstanding achievements in the fight against depression and the stigma often associated with the illness.

"After 11 years, the Welcome Back Awards is as valuable and inspiring as ever," said John Hayes, M.D., vice president of Lilly Research Laboratories - neuroscience, Eli Lilly and Company. "The program not only honors the perseverance and true altruism of remarkable individuals, but it offers hope for many suffering from depression and instills a powerful drive to raise awareness about mental illness."

An independent panel of national mental health experts will select honorees in five categories: lifetime achievement, destigmatization, community service, primary care and psychiatry. Winners will share a total of $55,000, to be donated to the not-for-profit organizations of their choice.

Since 1998, the Welcome Back Awards has honored people who have persevered in overcoming depression, helped others to do the same or dedicated endless amounts of time and effort to spreading awareness of the illness.

In 2009, Debra Wentz, Ph.D. was honored with a Welcome Back Award for her work as CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies, and as the Founder of the Tsunami Mental Health Relief Project. Through this project, Debra effectively brought together a global team of volunteers in Sri Lanka and the U.S. to develop a training program that would expand the base of individuals who could identify mental illness and provide culturally-relevant support for a community in need. As a direct result of Wentz's compassion and dedication to the Relief Project and those suffering from ment
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