SESMH/NAMI PROFESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE AWARD
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Greenville, South Carolina is a non-profit, grass-roots organization, dedicated to building better lives for individuals affected by mental illness. NAMI works throughout the community to raise awareness, provide support, education and advocacy for those affected by mental illness.
Each year, in collaboration with the Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health, NAMI Greenville will recognize and honor an outstanding community leader and advocate in the area of mental health.
In collaboration with the Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health, NAMI Greenville will recognize and honor an outstanding community leader and advocate in the area of mental health. The community has a wealth of effective and passionate mental health advocates that may be nominated to receive this award.
Purpose: The purpose of this annual award is to recognize a member of the community that exemplifies leadership and advocacy in the area of mental health.
Eligibility: Any person who has demonstrated a commitment to the provision of services or interaction with mental health services and promotion of mental health as part of their profession, with specialized training in the mental health field which is their primary profession. Also works to promote education, awareness, and prevention of mental illness, as well as the eradication of mental health.
Criteria for the award include:
Each candidate must have a nomination letter submitted on their behalf by April 1st of each year. Each letter must have a minimum of 250 words which describes how the nominee has contributed the field of mental health. Examples of contributions can include but are not limited to:
- Raising awareness of mental health issues in the community through education and outreach
- Working to reduce the stigma regarding mental illness
- Advocating for more comprehensive mental health policies and programs
- Developing programs to identify and treat those at risk
- Encouraging mental wellness through lifestyle and/or system modification
- Increasing mental health care access
- Promoting patient-centered care and treatment
The deadline of the award and supporting materials is April 15, of each year. Please refer to the Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health website submission portal at http://sesmh.org for complete application procedures. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The Southeastern Symposium Award Committee will review the nominations and select a recipient.
The recipient will:
- Be acknowledged by NAMI at the Southeastern Symposium Annual Conference
- Receive a plaque commending their advocacy in the mental health field through their profession.
- Receive complimentary registration for the Symposium for the next calendar year
The award recipient will be notified on or around April 24th of each year and recipient of this award is expected to attend the Annual Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health.