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ISU-IRH Researcher Nominated for Voice Award

Senior Research Associate Ann D. Kirkwood, MA, at the Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health (ISU-IRH), has been nominated for a Voice Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for exemplary service in the mental health field.

Voice Awards are given to consumers and advocates “who have been instrumental in both raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues and promoting the social inclusion of people with mental health problems. Through their leadership and advocacy, they demonstrate that recovery is real and that people with mental health problems are valuable, contributing members of their schools, workplaces, and communities.” The Voice Awards are part of the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery, a multi-year public service advertising program of SAMHSA and the Ad Council to promote understanding and support for young adults and others with mental illness.

Ms. Kirkwood is director of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act youth suicide prevention project at ISU-IRH, and has received a George Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting for videos on mental illness stigma.

Awards will be announced October 14, 2009 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

August 2009