Lilly Honors U.S. Senator Gordon Smith and Others Whose Extraordinary Efforts Help People with Mental Illness Move Their Lives Forward

November 11, 2004

Senator Smith (R-Oregon) will receive a Government Honorary Award for his role in establishing legislation to improve screening for young people at risk for suicide

Eli Lilly and Company announced today the winners of the 2004 Helping Move Lives Forward Reintegration Awards.  The annual awards honor individuals or groups who help and support people living with severe mental illness; the achievements of people living with severe mental illness who offer hope to others facing similar challenges; and local and national efforts to raise awareness for mental illness.

"Lilly is very pleased to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of all of the award recipients and their contributions in the area of recovery for people with severe mental illness," said Dr. John Lechleiter, Executive Vice President of Pharmaceutical Operations, Eli Lilly and Company. "Lilly is committed to the recovery of people with mental illness, and we want to recognize the noble efforts of this year's award winners who have helped many people with mental illness to reach their full potential and live happier and healthier lives."

The Reintegration Awards program underscores the powerful and collaborative roles of consumer involvement, treatment team support and access to effective medication in helping people move their lives forward.

"These awards highlight the importance of complementary recovery-oriented approaches, including efforts to help individuals find and keep jobs, have comfortable places to call home and sustain meaningful relationships with friends and family," said Ralph Aquila, M.D., director of residential community services at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center and chair of the committee of judges responsible for selecting award recipients.

Honorary Winners
U.S. Senator Gordon Smith
(R-Oregon) will be honored with a Government Honorary Award for his role in establishing legislation to improve screening techniques that help identify young people at risk for suicide.  Senator Smith and his wife Sharon came forward to call attention to the issue of suicide after their son Garret took his life after struggling for years with bipolar disorder.

"In Garret's memory, our family thanks Lilly for supporting those committed to helping improve the lives of people with serious mental illness," said Senator Smith.  "I commend all of the awardees for their incredible efforts and believe that through our collaborative energies we will help many people move toward recovery."

The Media Honorary Award will be presented to Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) for its series about the struggles of families affected by statewide funding cutbacks that resulted in the closing of mental health treatment facilities even as the rates of mental health illnesses increased.

Public Eye Honorary Awards will be given to Charles Haenlein, Ph.D. of Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Staglin Family of Rutherford, California.

Consumer and Treatment Team Winners
A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Michael Hogan, PhD, chair of President Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Illness.  Dr. Hogan is commended for his stewardship and advocacy in the implementation of the New Freedom Commission Report's recommendations, and his lifelong commitment to enhancing services for people with mental illnesses.

This year's recipients of the Artistic Contribution, Mentorship, and Inspiration Awards for individuals living with mental illness are, respectively: Fountain House Audio Visual Department, a team of mental health consumers who worked together to create Opening the Door, a 50-minute documentary about the New York City clubhouse's model program; Moe Armstrong, an advocate from Connecticut who has mentored others with mental illness as they work to build meaningful and satisfying lives; and Sherri Rushman, a mother of three and full-time consumer education specialist from Michigan who inspires others daily to pursue personalized and empowered approaches to living well with mental illnesses.

Other honorees include: Representative Mindy Greiling, St. Paul, MN (Advocacy award); Institute for Community Living Health Care Choices, Brooklyn, NY (Clinical Medicine award); Nancy Merolla, Broward County Community Development Corporation, Ft. Lauderdale (Home Sweet Home award); Cornerstone Clubhouse Employment Unit, Phoenixville, PA (On the Job award); Cirrus House, Inc., Scottsbluff, NE (Keep Learning award); and Centerstone Drop-In Centers, Nashville, TN (Social Support award).

2004 Helping Move Lives Forward Reintegration Award Winners(PDF 35k)

About the Reintegration Awards
Since 1997, the Helping Move Lives Forward Reintegration Awards program has recognized individuals, groups and initiatives that improve the lives of people with mental illness.  An independent panel of mental health professionals and consumers determines the award recipients.  First-place winners receive a $5,000 cash contribution and second-place winners receive a $2,500 cash contribution to their respective institutions to further the success of their programs. A contribution of $5,000 will be made to the mental health facility or advocacy program of choice for each honorary winner.

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