The deadline to submit nominations for this year's Welcome Back Awards, a national awards program that honors outstanding individuals in the depression community, has been extended by a month, with nominations now due by December 16, 2009. The Welcome Back Awards is a program established by Eli Lilly and Company to recognize outstanding achievements in the fight against depression and the stigma often associated with the illness.
An independent panel of national mental health experts will select honorees in five categories: lifetime achievement, for an individual whose perseverance has helped him or her overcome clinical depression and resume a fulfilling life; destigmatization, for an individual whose noteworthy public efforts have helped promote the understanding of depression and reduce the shame and guilt associated with the illness; community service, for an individual whose outstanding work has created and improved community programs that foster a supportive, caring environment for those suffering from depression; primary care, for a health care professional — psychologist, physician, social worker, or nurse — whose unique approach to identifying particular needs in depression diagnosis and treatment serves as an example to others; and psychiatry, for a psychiatrist who transcends the profession through community work, innovative clinical programs, teaching, new research, outstanding work with patients, or who makes a significant impact on the community or other medical disciplines.
Winners will share a total of $55,000, to be donated to the nonprofit organizations of their choice.
Anyone except Lilly employees may apply or be nominated for a Welcome Back Award.
Complete program guidelines and nomination forms are available at the Lilly Web site.
Link to Complete RFP
Primary Subject: Health
Geographic Funding Area: National