NJ Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma Ambassador Awards

 

2017 Ambassador Awards Criteria:

Honoring Law Enforcement Professionals


Thursday, April 20, 2017

11:00 AM
Crowne Plaza Monroe

SUBMIT NOMINATION NOW!

 
The New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Ambassador Awards. The Ambassador Award embodies the Council’s philosophy of Respect. Understanding. Change.
 
The 2017 Ambassador Awards will honor the people, institutions and endeavors whose work best exemplifies how communities encourage understanding and acceptance of adults and children whose lives are affected by mental illness. This year, the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma is recognizing individuals, municipal, county and state agencies and organizations associated with law enforcement, public safety and/or first responders.  We are looking to acknowledge those professionals who have provided effective supports, services or programs that reduce the ways in which society stigmatizes people with mental illnesses.
 
Deadline for submission of nominations is February 20, 2017. Award winners will be notified by March 11, 2017.
 
Ambassador Award selection will be based on the following criteria. The law enforcement, public safety or first responders nominees’, actions or services should:

– Exhibit compassionate and considerate methods of approaching and interacting with people who have a mental illness, as well as their family members and others who support them, particularly in times of crisis.

– Influence the community’s efforts in de-stigmatizing mental illness.

– Model behavior for other state, municipal, community agencies or organizations, demonstrating how to best interact with people who have mental illnesses.

– Influence people with mental illnesses to seek help.

– Encourage communities to provide help for people with mental illnesses.

– Evoke empathy and understanding for people living with mental illnesses.

– Dispel myths surrounding mental illness.

Individual Nomination Requirements:

– At the time of nomination nominee must be employed by a New Jersey municipal, county, state, law enforcement, public safety or first responders’ organization.

– Must be a current New Jersey resident at the time of nomination.

– Nominator or self-nominated applicant must provide a short paragraph (250-500 words) describing the program, project or endeavor and the impact it made in reducing stigma.

– Nominator or self-nominated applicant must provide data (statistical or anecdotal) on the public impact (i.e. media coverage, public praise or commendation, evidence of changed behavior in the community) made by the program, project or endeavor.

– Nominee must consent to being nominated and be present at the April 21 ceremony to accept the award.

– Nominee must sign nomination form. Without the nominee’s written consent, the nomination will be invalid.

– Winners Must be present at the April 21, 2017, Awards ceremony to accept the award.

Law Enforcement Agency Department or Organization Nomination Requirements:

– Nominator, senior officer or organization executive (can be volunteer board chair) must provide a short paragraph (250-500 words) describing the submitted program, project or endeavor and the impact it makes in reducing stigma.

– Nominator, senior officer or organization executive (can be volunteer board chair) must provide data (statistical or anecdotal) on the public impact (i.e. media coverage, public praise or commendation, evidence of changed behavior in the community) made by the program, project or endeavor.

– Senior officer or organization executive must consent to the organization’s nomination.

– Senior officer or organization executive must sign nomination. Without this person’s written consent, the nomination will be invalid.

– Winners Must be present at the April 21, 2017, Awards ceremony to accept the award.

SUBMIT NOMINATION NOW!

 

 
At the 2016 New Jersey Governor’s Council On Mental Health Stigma Ambassador Awards Ceremony, Ambassador Award Winners who have Demonstrated Exemplary Accomplishments were recognized.

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View photos of the ceremony.

 

2016 Ambassador Award Winners
Honoring the Faith Community

Reverend Adele Hatfield
First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens
Central Unitarian Church
Caldwell University
Rabbi Lawrence Sernovitz
Christ Church
Bishop Phillip M. Bonaparte, M.D.
First Unitarian Society of Plainfield
Patricia Greeley
Pastor Simeon Spencer

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The Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma honored people in the arts on April 30, 2015 for their efforts to raise awareness about mental illness and dispel the myths surrounding it. NAMI New Jersey congratulations all recipients of the 2015 Ambassador Awards and we are proud that our own Jacquese Armstrong, Jay Yudof and Latha John receive their well-deserved honor!

“Reducing Stigma Through The Arts: Promoting Wellness and Recovery” Ambassador Award Recipients:

Jacquese A. Armstrong
Jay Yudof
CavanKerry Press
Latha John – A Space on Main
Valerie Fox
Stigma-Free Dancers
Rhonda Richardsen
Ocean County Mental Health Awareness Committee
STYGMA – Music Band


PRESS RELEASE by the Office of Public Affairs, NJ Department of Human Services: 

Governor’s Council Honors Artists for Battling Mental Health Stigma

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View Photos of the Ceremony

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The NJ Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma honored members of the media with 2014 Mental Health Ambassador Awards on May 1, 2014.  A number of award winners had been nominated by NAMI New Jersey.

“Honoring Excellence in Media Coverage” Ambassador Award Recipients:

Christopher DePatria, VP of Revenue, Signpost Inc.
Steve Adubato, Ph.D., Emmy Award-winning Anchor-Thirteen/WNET (PBS)
David Matthau, Radio News Reporter, 101.5-FM Radio
Paul Grzella-General Editor/Manager, Courier News-Somerset Cty, Home News Tribune-Middlesex Cty.
Sunita Sohrabji-Staff Reporter, India-West
Jessica D’Amico, Managing Editor, Greater Media Newspapers
Sino Monthly New Jersey – Ivy Lee, Editor-in-Chief and Founder
Michael Skinner-Writer and Editor, Surviving Spirit
Larry Cartwright-Radio Host, Mental Health Matters
Kelly Ebbels-Community Editor, The Montclair Times
Euna Kwon Brossman-Columnist, Attitudes in Reverse
NJNTV News-John Servidio-Vice President, Subsidiary Stations WNET, General Manager, NJTV

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