SAMHSA’s Voice Awards Fellowship Program is a pilot project designed to give consumer/peer leaders in the behavioral health community the skills they need to amplify their voices to promote important behavioral health messages through storytelling. By sharing stories about resilience and recovery from a unique personal perspective, together, the Voice Awards Fellows will shape public perceptions of behavioral health and promote social inclusion in the workplace, in schools, and in communities nationwide.
The Voice Awards Fellows are consumer/peer leaders in the behavioral health community who demonstrate that recovery is not only possible, but commonplace. Through their advocacy, Fellows play a vital role in raising awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and in promoting the social inclusion of people with behavioral health problems.
The 2012–2013 class of Fellows includes the following individuals:
The Voice Awards Fellows will share their stories of recovery and resilience using a variety of communications vehicles over a 12-month time frame. In particular, the Fellows will: