SAMHSA to Honor State Recovery Advocate Neil Campbell at 2015 Voice Awards in Los Angeles

The Georgia Council on Substance Abuse Executive Director Neil Campbell is being recognized with the Consumer/Peer Leadership Award at the 10th annual Voice Awards event of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The 2015 Voice Awards—hosted by actress Chandra Wilson of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”—will bring together the entertainment industry and the behavioral health community to recognize community champions and television and film productions that increase public awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery. This year, the event will spotlight the impact that suicide has on individuals, families, and communities.

“I speak out about the reality of recovery in order to reduce discrimination against people with mental illness and substance use disorders” said Campbell, “it is truly an honor to receive this Voice award and I will continue to lift up the many stories of resilience that I come across every day so that those still suffering can know the hope of recovery”. Campbell also serves as the Southeastern Regional Representative on the Faces and Voices of Recovery Board of Directors.

The Voice Awards recognizes consumer/peer leaders who share their personal stories of resilience to educate the public about behavioral health and demonstrate that people with mental and substance use disorders can recover, lead meaningful lives, and contribute to their communities

“Congratulations on being recognized with a 2015 Voice Award for your efforts to educate the public about the real experiences of people with mental and/or substance use disorders” said SAMHSA Voice Awards Team, “through your exemplary leadership and advocacy, you have demonstrated that recovery is real and that people with behavioral health problems are valuable, contributing members of their schools, workplaces, and communities.”

The Voice Awards also honor actors, writers and producers who incorporate dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of behavioral health issues into their film and television productions. SAMHSA will recognize Emmy Award-winning actor Wayne Brady with a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award. This year’s finalists for film and television productions include A Long Way Down; Cake; Infinitely Polar Bear; To Write Love On Her Arms; Welcome to Me; “Elementary” (CBS); “Empire” (FOX); and “Madame Secretary” (CBS).

WHAT:                 2015 Voice Awards—www.regonline.com/2015VoiceAwards

WHEN:                Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Los Angeles
Arrivals and Pre-Show—6 p.m. PDT
Awards Program—7:30 p.m. PDT

WHERE:              Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

The 2015 Voice Awards event will be streamed live on the Voice Awards’ web page on Wednesday, August 12, beginning at 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT. To learn more about the Voice Awards program and view the live webcast, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/voice-awards.

For interview requests or more information on Neil Campbell and the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse contact Sissy Weldon at (706) 248-9485 or sissy@gasubstanceabuse.org. For more information about the Voice Awards and to view the list of collaborating organizations, visit www.samhsa.gov/voice-awards. To join the Voice Awards conversation, like SAMHSA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/samhsa and follow @samhsagov and #VoiceAwards on Twitter.

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