Mental illness and addiction organization seeks award nominations from military community
(Photo: US Marines, Lance Cpl. Brendan King)

By J.G. Noll

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is looking for champions in addiction recovery and mental health advocacy. The SAMHSA Voice Awards honors individuals who are advocating on behalf of those with mental illness and addictions.

This year, SAMHSA is emphasizing the importance of advocacy in the military and veteran communities. Nominations are open until May 12.

Nominees must currently live and work in the United States. According to SAMHSA, individuals must also:

  • Personally demonstrate that recovery is real and possible
  • Lead/led efforts to reduce the negative public attitudes and misperceptions associated with mental illnesses and addictions
  • Make/made a positive impact on communities, workplaces, or schools
  • Promote meaningful family involvement as an essential part of recovery

Know someone in the military community who fits the description? Nominate them for a 2017 Voice Award.