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The Welcome Back Awards Seeks Nominations to Honor Leaders in the Depression Community
Date:11/1/2010

NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Welcome Back Awards is now accepting nominations to honor individuals dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from depression. The Welcome Back Awards, now in its 13th year, 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.

"The Welcome Back Awards continue to motivate healthcare providers and people living with depression to promote a greater understanding of the illness and find new, better ways to provide ongoing support," said John Hayes, M.D., Strategy Leader for Global Neuroscience Medical Affairs, Eli Lilly and Company. "The program underscores the meaning of commitment and community, and recognizes the important work of people who have gone above and beyond to improve mental health."

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 receive $10,000, except for the lifetime achievement honoree, who will receive $15,000, to be donated to the not-for-profit organizations of their choice.

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

In 2010, Danielle Butin was honored with a Welcome Back Award for her work as founder and executive director of the Afya Foundation of America, a large-scale medical supply recovery organization that works with major hospital systems to gather unused or overstocked supplies and send them to health clinics in Africa and the Caribbean. Through Danielle's vision and management of the organization, she has created volunteer and pre-vocational training programs for individuals su
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