(ACA Executive Director Richard Yep, ACA President Bradley T. Erford and Patty Nunez, past representative to the ACA Governing Counsel and president of the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors)
The American Counseling Association once again served as a program partner with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the seventh annual Voice Awards ceremony on Aug. 22. Taking place in Hollywood and hosted by David Shore, writer, producer and creator of the TV series “House M.D.,” the ceremony recognized community, sports, TV and film industry leaders who have raised awareness and promoted the understanding of substance abuse and mental health disorders and recovery from them.
ACA Executive Director Richard Yep, ACA President Bradley T. Erford and Patty Nunez, a past representative to the ACA Governing Counsel and current president of the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, attended this year’s event.
Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers received a special recognition award for his work to raise awareness about mental health issues and for his financial support of nonprofit organizations that provide mental health awareness and treatment services for children.
(Chris Herren, Metta World Peace, Chamique Holdsclaw)
SAMHSA also recognized screenwriter and producer Shonda Rhimes with a career achievement award for her ongoing efforts to educate television audiences about the real experiences of people with behavioral health problems and those affected by trauma.
Former NBA player Chris Herren and former Washington Mystic and San Antonio Silver Stars player Chamique Holdsclaw were also honored at the ceremony for speaking out about the mental health challenges they faced during their careers as professional athletes.
The 2012 Voice Awards entertainment winners are:
- “Castle” (ABC) for the episode “Kill Shot,” addressing resilience, peer support and recovery from trauma.
- “Glee” (Fox) for the episode “On My Way,” addressing suicide prevention, resilience and recovery from trauma.
- “Homeland” (Showtime) for the episode “The Vest,” addressing mental illness, peer support and recovery.
- “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC) for the episode “Personal Fouls,” addressing resilience and recovery from trauma.
- “Necessary Roughness” (USA) for a series of episodes addressing behavioral health issues and recovery.
- “Parenthood” (NBC) for a storyline addressing substance abuse, family support and recovery.
- “Take Shelter” for addressing mental illness, family support and recovery.
- “Bob and the Monster” for addressing substance abuse, peer support and recovery.
- “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong” for addressing behavioral health issues, resilience and recovery.
- “Unguarded” (ESPN) for addressing substance abuse, resilience and recovery.
For more information, visit samhsa.gov.
Heather Rudow is a staff writer for Counseling Today. Email her at email@example.com.