CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2021 WINNERS!
All awards will be distributed during MHA’s 2021 Annual Conference: From Resiliency to Recovery taking place June 10-12 in Washington, DC.
ABOUT MHA’s AWARDS
Each year MHA recognizes outstanding work by adult and youth leaders with lived experience: champions in workplace wellness, journalists, media outlets, and MHA affiliates. All award recipients are honored during events held at MHA’s Annual Conference. This year, the conference will be titled “From Resiliency to Recovery,” and awards will be given out June 10-12, 2021 in Washington, DC. MHA invites you to apply.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
- Each award has different eligibility criteria that are outlined in this brochure.
- Self-nominations will be accepted, however, letters of recommendation are required.
- Previous nominees who did not receive an award may be nominated again.
HOW CAN I NOMINATE A PERSON OR PROGRAM?
Complete an online nomination form for each nomination. An online link to the form is included for each award in this brochure.
Letters of recommendation (optional, but required for a self-nomination) can be emailed directly to Catherine Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title: [Name of Nominee]: 2021 Awards Program. Any materials submitted without a completed online nomination form will not be accepted.
Applications must be submitted by 5 pm ET on April 9, 2021. Winners will be announced by early May.
If you have issues submitting the online form, please contact Catherine Reynolds at email@example.com.
AFTER SELECTION OF AWARDEES
Award recipients will need to submit a photo (for promotional purposes) once selections have been made. Additionally, winners will be asked to record a virtual acceptance speech to be a part of the awards program.
While we plan to present the awards virtually, winners wishing to attend the conference in-person may receive free registration to attend.
Typically, award winners and a guardian of the recipient if under the age of 18 receive an all-expense-paid trip to MHA’s Annual Conference. This historically covers full registration fees, travel expenses, and lodging for up to two nights. Due to COVID-19, 2021 award recipients will receive this benefit for the 2022 Annual Conference instead. 2021 recipients may still elect to come in person to this year’s conference but at their own expense
FOR NOMINEES UNDER 18
If you are nominating an individual under the age of 18, you must submit parental permission for their nomination.
Clifford W. Beers Award
MHA’s highest award is given in honor of Clifford W. Beers, the founder of MHA and the country’s volunteer mental health advocacy movement. Created in 1976, the Clifford W. Beers Award is given annually to a leader with lived experience who embodies the example set by Beers in his efforts to improve conditions for, and attitudes toward, people with mental illnesses.
To be eligible for the Clifford W. Beers Award, the nominee must be or have been a consumer of mental health and/or substance use disorder services.
To submit a nomination, please click here or use the link below. You will be asked to describe how the nominee fulfils the following criteria:
- Impact: The individual has made or is making major contributions to improve the lives of people who suffer from mental illnesses, substance use or co-occurring disorders.
- Leadership: The individual has demonstrated the ability to inspire and effectively educate the public about mental health, mental illnesses, substance use or co-occurring disorders.
- Visibility: The individual is a visible and recognizable leader at the community, state, and/or national level, in their specialized field, or with a specialized population.
- Bravery: The individual illustrates his or her commitment to consumer advocacy despite potential risk or uncertainty about their career, financial standing, and public acceptance.
The Betty Humphrey Equity Champion Award
Created in honor of Dr. Betty Humphrey, a tireless advocate for culturally competent mental health care, The Betty Humphrey Equity Champion Award is given to an organization for achievements in the creation of culturally competent services. The organization must demonstrate an ongoing commitment and excellence in the fight for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The award recognizes those who advance the intersectionality of mental health as it relates to discrimination in any form and overall social and economic determinants of health.
An organization or company providing, receiving, or consulting on diversity, equity, or inclusion is not eligible. The purpose of the award is to honor and recognize organizations who are in the behavioral health or mental health field who are making outstanding commitments to an anti-racist agenda and promoting health equity.
To submit a nomination, please click here or use the link below. You will be asked to describe how the nominee fulfills the following criteria:
- Commitment: The company demonstrates a commitment to address disparities in mental health and substance abuse services by offering programs, accommodations, and training.
- Community: The company demonstrates a commitment to its community through diverse partnerships and collaborations with community members. This may include its contracts, investments, education/job training, public awareness campaigns, and/or other related activities.
- Internal Practice Change: The company creates and implements policies and practices that advance a culturally competent agenda and serve to protect minoritized communities.
- Communication: The company has developed and distributed communication materials and strategies to reach underserved populations.
Each year MHA recognizes journalists, media outlets, authors, television shows, and film programs that excel in their coverage and portrayal of mental health issues in news and entertainment media.
Media is vital in educating Americans about mental health and mental illnesses. Accurate and responsible coverage is critical in breaking down stereotypes and stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use. Original, thought-provoking journalism and entertainment not only works to raise general awareness and shape public opinion, but helps all people live mentally healthier lives and teaches the country the importance of addressing mental illness before stage four.
Past winners include documentary filmmaker Roger Weisberg, journalist Jaclyn Cosgrove from The Oklahoman, ESPN’s Outside The Lines, Amazon’s A Beautiful Boy, ABC’s A Million Little Things, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, author and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, and Illustrator Gemma Correll.
Awards will be given in the following categories:
- Print (newspapers, national or local magazines, columns, books)
- Broadcast (national or local television, national or local radio)
- Documentary film
- Nationally-released film
- Television show or episode
- Online platform or individual (blogger, gamer, graphic artist, online platform)
To be eligible submissions must:
- show clear, factual data about mental illness and substance use disorders;
- illustrate creative and innovative approaches to the topic and/or story;
- provide a fresh, non-conventional, in-depth, or unique perspective;
- show those with lived experience in real, multi-dimensional ways; and
- work to reduce or address stigma around mental illness and substance use.
George Goodman and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award
The George Goodman and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award was established by the MHA Board of Directors in November 1986 to recognize significant contributions made to the care and treatment of people with mental illnesses by practicing professionals in the field of social work. The award was made possible through a gift by George Brudney, a member of the MHA Board of Directors, in memory of his wife Ruth, a psychiatric social worker.
To be eligible for the George Goodman and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award, the nominee must:
- hold a master’s degree (or higher) in social work from an accredited college or university; and
- hold a professional position in a public or private organization or agency and be primarily engaged in: the provision of social work services to clients or patients who have a mental illness, the direct supervision or management of such services, or the development or implementation of innovative programs serving people with mental illnesses.
You will be asked to describe how the nominee achieves the following criteria:
- Commitment: The individual has demonstrated passion and dedication to the profession of social work and is committed to improving the care and treatment of people who have mental illnesses.
- Leadership: The individual serves as an inspiration for his or her clients or patients, colleagues, and those pursuing the field of social work.
Innovation in Programming Award
This award recognizes an MHA affiliate that demonstrates innovation and creativity in program development and implementation.
To be eligible for the Innovation in Programming Award, the affiliate must be a recognized affiliate in good standing with the national organization.
You will be asked to describe how the nominee fulfills the following criteria:
- Mission-Centered: The affiliate reflects the vision, mission, and values of Mental Health America.
- Impact: The affiliate’s programming shows measurable outcomes and has demonstrated value within the community it serves.
- Innovation: The affiliate demonstrates state-of-the-art thinking and conducts innovative research in the mental health field.
- Consumer-Focused: The affiliate incorporates consumer or family involvement and empowerment as a central component of its programming.
- Application: The affiliate’s program is replicable in other settings or agencies.
The mPower Award
The mPower Award celebrates the life and work of a teen or young adult who has spoken out about mental health issues to educate their peers and fight stigma.
To be eligible for the mPower Award, the nominee must:
- be between the ages of 13 to 23; and
- have personal experience with mental health in their own lives or in the life of a friend or family member..
You will be asked to describe how the nominee fulfills the following criteria:
- Innovation: The individual has created an original program or work of art or initiated a policy change addressing mental health issues in their community.
- Leadership: The individual has inspired and led peers in addressing mental health issues in their community or has been recognized at the local, state, or national level for their achievements.
- Recovery-Orientation: The individual has incorporated his or her personal recovery or the experience of a loved one in recovery into his or her efforts.
- Likeliness to be a Lifelong Leader: The individual has demonstrated the potential to pursue their work into adulthood.