Tonight in Los Angeles, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2016 Voice Awards event will honor those making a difference in public attitudes and understanding of mental illness and recovery. Hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz of “The Dr. Oz Show,” the event will highlight the theme “Strengthening Families through Hope and Help.” Behavioral health community leaders and entertainment industry professionals will be recognized for their efforts to promote the importance of behavioral health and the positive impact that family members can have on their loved ones’ paths to recovery.
To highlight this, actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, filmmakers Rob Reiner and his son Nick Reiner and entertainers Rebbie Jackson-Brown and her daughters Yashi Brown and Stacee Brown-Salas will receive SAMHSA Special Recognition Awards for their efforts to raise awareness about behavioral health issues.
According to the SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there were almost 65 million people in the U.S. who experienced either a mental illness or substance use disorder in that year. However, support from families — including those we are born into and those we choose — provide the hope and resilience these individuals need to recover, lead meaningful lives and contribute to their communities.
We hope you will gather your family and friends to watch the live webcast starting at 6:30 p.m. PDT tonight. Use #VoiceAwards on Twitter to join the conversation about depictions of mental and/or substance use disorders on TV and film.