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NAMI Presented Outstanding Media Awards At Annual Convention, Providing Stark Contrast To Protests Of New Jim Carrey Film
San Diego, CA - Leading members of the media and entertainment industries were honored tonight for outstanding achievement and excellence by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). The national grassroots advocacy organization presented the NAMI Outstanding Media Awards during its 21st Annual Convention being held this week in San Diego.
"This year's honorees stand out as models of leadership and responsibility in the entertainment and media communities," said Mike Connors, who starred in the long-running television series, Mannix, and presented the NAMI awards at a special recognition ceremony tonight. Connors said, "These talented individuals have gone the extra step in presenting accurate, balanced, and sensitive portrayals of mental illness to the American public."
At a time when NAMI has launched a national protest against the new Jim Carrey movie, "Me Myself, and Irene," which will be released June 23, and earlier this year successfully led protests against ABC's now defunct "Wonderland," the organization was particularly pleased to honor ABC's television series, "Once and Again." Produced by Marshall Hershovitz and Edward Zwick, the show has initiated an ongoing plot line about a family's experience with schizophrenia and stigma.
Each year, NAMI recognizes members of the media and entertainment industries who have made outstanding contributions in broadening the awareness of viewers about the true nature of mental illnesses and the recovery that is now possible.
"NAMI salutes these individuals for all they have done in the past year to increase the awareness, understanding, and support of those who have mental illnesses," said NAMI President Jackie Shannon. "We honor them for shedding light on the truths about mental illness, and focusing national attention on the advancements, treatments, and even obstacles faced each and every day by people with mental disorders."
More than 2,000 family members, consumers of mental health services, health care providers, researchers, and business leaders from around the country will attend NAMI's San Diego convention, five days of presentations and workshops focused on the theme "Turning Promise into Practice."
NAMI's Outstanding Media Award Recipients:
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