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Annual Welcome Back Awards Program Honors Individuals for Tremendous Contributions to the Depression Community
Date:5/21/2010

INDIANAPOLIS, May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Despite years of debilitating depression, multiple psychiatric hospitalizations and episodes of homelessness, Joseph Rogers refused to let mental illness and an unlucky adolescence blot out his potential imprint on the world. Despite once being branded unemployable, Joseph relishes his role as advocate, embracing the challenges of being a change agent in mental health legislation, and pioneering the peer-run services movement.  Joseph Rogers' efforts have fundamentally changed the mental healthcare system—a system that had written him off many years ago – to better serve and assist those suffering from serious mental health challenges.  

Joseph is one of this year's six Welcome Back Award honorees who have conquered diverse challenges to improve the lives of others.  "This year's honorees radiate hope to those with mental illness – the message that there are people who do understand their struggles and will do everything in their power to help," said Dr. Saundra Jain, Psy.D., MBA, LPC, a member of the awards selection committee and executive director of the Mental Health Educational Initiative in Lake Jackson, TX.  

"Each individual uses their unique talents to positively effect change in the mental health community," said Dr. Jain.  "Through filmmaking, natural disaster relief and championing gender-specific research, the Welcome Back Award honorees truly deserve recognition for their influential work."

Eli Lilly and Company will be honoring these inspiring winners at the 12th Annual Welcome Back Awards ceremony in New Orleans, LA, on

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