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Arlington, VA — During NAMICon 2020, one of the nation’s largest gatherings of mental health advocates, NAMI presented awards honoring exemplary leadership at the national, state and local level. NAMI proudly honors the following individuals and organizations for their outstanding work and commitment to the mental health movement. Below is a list of award winners with information on the specific rewards and the recipients.
Rona and Ken Purdy Award for Distinguished Service: This award recognizes the sustained contributions of an individual or organization to raise public awareness, reduce stigma and advance our mission to build better lives for people with mental illness and their families.
NAMI Lifetime Achievement Award: This award recognizes individuals who, over the course of their career or lifetime, have advanced the NAMI mission to build better lives for people living with mental illness and their families.
Lionel Aldridge Champions Award: This award recognizes an individual with mental illness who demonstrates courage, leadership and service in their work to promote recovery and ensure that all people with mental illness live full lives in their communities. NAMI’s highest peer award is given in the spirit of our organization’s ongoing commitment and devotion to supporting a movement and community that is inclusive of people with mental illness, their family members and friends.
Joyce Burland Inspiration Award: This award recognizes a NAMI staff member or volunteer who has demonstrated creativity, dedication and resourcefulness to offer or expand NAMI’s national education programs, and who has served as an inspiration to families, individuals with a mental health condition or the general public through their work with NAMI programs.
Richard T. and Betsy Greer Advocacy Award: This award honors NAMI advocates whose leadership and vision has advanced policy and advocacy efforts that impact individuals living with mental illness and their families.
NAMI Young Leader Award: This award recognizes young adults who exemplify exceptional leadership among their peers to foster a culture of recovery and resiliency that helps young people with mental illness live full lives in their communities.
NAMI Multicultural Outreach Award: This award honors effective efforts to ensure that diversity and inclusion are high priorities within NAMI.
Sam Cochran Criminal Justice Award: This award recognizes an exemplary individual whose work in the criminal justice system has improved the fair and humane treatment of people with mental illness.
Gloria Huntley Award: This award recognizes exemplary advocacy work by an individual or organization at the national or local level.
Ken Steele Award: This award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual living with mental illness to improve the quality of life, increase empowerment and promote integration and inclusion for their peers.
Outstanding NAMI Affiliate Award: This award is bestowed upon a NAMI Affiliate that demonstrates exceptional leadership, strong community presence, outreach to diverse communities and exemplary stewardship of the NAMI mission.
Outstanding NAMI State Organization Award: The Outstanding NAMI State Organization Award recognizes exemplary efforts to carry out the NAMI mission.
NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards: This award honors psychiatrists who have made exceptional contributions to improve the lives of people living with mental health conditions.
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