SAMHSA Voice Awards: APNA Helps Spotlight Recovery
 
  Jeannine Loucks, MSN, RN-BC PMH
 
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Metta World Peace  

The SAMHSA Voice Awards were held this past August 23rd at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California. APNA was an organizational sponsor of the event, which honors consumers/peer leaders, television and film producers who educate the public through their art about individuals recovering from mental illness and substance abuse.  Their work serves to highlight the "lived experience" of individuals in recovery in a dignified and accurate portrayal, bringing it into the mainstream media.

Jeannine Loucks, member of the APNA California Chapter Board of Directors, attended the SAMHSA Voice Awards as APNA's representative. "It was a wonderful night of sharing positive recovery stories and that persons with mental illness and/or substance use disorders are valuable members of society," she says.

This year, SAMHSA spotlighted the strength and resilience of athletes who manage their own recovery from mental illness and substance use. Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers received an award from SAMHSA for his support of nonprofit organizations that provide mental health services for children.  The 2012 Voice Award entertainment winners included House, Castle, Glee, and Law and Order.