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2014 Honorees to Share their Stories at Special Awards Ceremony on May 6

For press passes to the awards ceremony or to speak to the honorees, contact:

Heather Cobb at or 703.599.1375
Celeste Stanley at or 317.626.8896

May 1, 2014 (Washington, DC) — The National Council for Mental Wellbeing (National Council) and Eli Lilly and Company are proud to announce the 2014 honorees of the prestigious Inspiring Hope Awards.

The Inspiring Hope Awards — building on the legacy of the Lilly Reintegration Awards and Welcome Back Awards — recognize individuals who have shown extraordinary tenacity and courage in battling serious mental illness and are living full lives and pursuing their goals. These awards also honor the clinicians, advocates, and organizations that care for and support these individuals in their journey.

“One in five Americans have a mental illness, yet only 20 percent seek and get the care they need,” said Salvador Garcia, MD, Vice President, Global Medical Affairs for Lilly Bio-Medicines. “We applaud the courage and commitment of these honorees in showing how to turn these troubling statistics around. They are brave enough to share their stories, to have the difficult conversations, to seek help and to reach out to others in need.”

An independent panel of mental health leaders selected the winners from an overwhelming pool of submissions. Donations of $10,000 are made to organizations of each winner’s choice.

“The National Council is proud to be the home for the Inspiring Hope Awards,” said Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council. “We thank the honorees for sharing their compassion and their commitment; their innovation and their inspiration; their dedication and their dreams. And we thank Eli Lilly for supporting the honorees as they inspire our communities.”

The 2014 honorees will be recognized for their achievements at the Awards of Excellence celebration in Washington, DC on Tuesday, May 6 in conjunction with the National Council’s Conference. This year’s guest of honor is Patrick Kennedy, one of the mental health and substance use field’s most recognized and influential crusaders.

For a full list of honorees, visit

Artistic Expression

Bill Protzmann, Music Teacher, Friend to Friend Program, Episcopal Community Services

Music helped Protzmann on his own journey to recover from schizophrenia and chronic depression to experience his pain in a safe space and work through his emotions. He now shares his healing experience with others with mental illness, survivors of abuse and cancer, children with emotional disturbances and their parents, the terminally ill, caregivers, and senior citizens.

Community Advocacy

Keith Schafer, Director, Missouri Department of Mental Health

For 27 years, Schafer has improved the lives of thousands of people with mental and substance use disorders. His ability to connect data and metrics with real-life stories of recovery has helped to sustain essential services in Missouri during a time of historic budget decline.


Doc of the Year

Syed Arshad Husain, Medical Director, Pathways Community Health

A psychiatrist by training, a teacher by nature, and a humanitarian at heart, Dr. Husain has turned devastation to hope for thousands of children around the world whose lives have been torn apart by trauma. He established the International Center for Psycho-Social Trauma and led a team to Bosnia in the mid-90s to work with children in refugee camps. He also serves as mentor to many psychiatrists and is a prolific author and sought-after speaker.

Educational Achievement

Andrew Steward, Graduate Student, University of Denver

Steward started to experience psychosis in college. Fear of stigma caused anxiety, shame, and social withdrawal for six long years. Now he’s getting ready to graduate from the University of Denver with a master’s in social work. While earning his music degree, he was a past recipient of a Lilly Reintegration Scholarship and is about to become a certified music practitioner who can offer music as therapy.


Kenneth Whiddon, Chief Operating Officer, AmerICANWork

In 1999, Whiddon started AmerICANWork to help community behavioral health organizations run supported employment and work programs. Today his company’s programs help hundreds of people disabled by mental illness get back into the workforce.

Integration & Wellness

Lone Star Circle of Care, Georgetown, TX

In 12 years, Lone Star grew from a small primary care clinic to a health home for more than 100,000 Texans with more than 30 locations. The National Committee for Quality Assurance has recognized Lone Star as a level 3 patient-centered medical home. Nearly 90 percent of patients report that they have same-day access to care.

Mental Health Professional of the Year

Roaya Tyson, Director, Inpatient Services, Gracepoint

For more than 20 years, Tyson has worked as a behavioral health clinician and business leader. At Gracepoint, Tyson has created state-of-the-science mental health ERs — crisis response and stabilization programs that have saved lives and transformed the community. She has advocated tenaciously to raise significant public and private funding for many programs.

Peer Specialist of the Year

Clarence Jordan, VP of Wellness and Recovery, ValueOptions

Jordan describes himself as a peer specialist who builds on his own life experiences to help others recover from mental illness and substance use. His health promoter program coaches people with behavioral and physical health challenges pursue recovery with a strengths-based, person-centered perspective. Jordan shares his story of recovery with colleagues and on Capitol Hill to raise awareness for mental illness, change perceptions, and shape policy.

Public Education

Muffy Walker, Co-Founder & President, Board of Directors, International Bipolar Foundation

Walker’s son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at seven. As a psychiatric nurse, she was devastated with the trouble she had navigating the system to get him the care he needed. Gradually, she taught her son to embrace his illness and learn to cope, and also started a support group out of her home for other family members on the same journey, now the International Bipolar Foundation. Walker volunteers 60 hours a week to support the foundation’s outreach in more than 85 countries.

Reintegration Lifetime Achievement

Patrick Hendry, Senior Director, Consumer Advocacy, Mental Health America

Patrick Hendry found new purpose in life when he walked through the door of the Sarah Ann Center, a drop-in center to support recovery from mental illness. He started volunteering at the center and gained a sense of accomplishment. He now travels around the country organizing grassroots peer networks to help underscore the rights of people with mental illness and to help them recover by reintegrating into the community.

Rising Star

Ituha Cloud, Certified Peer Support Specialist, InterAct of Michigan

“Let’s Be Bold” is not just the title of Ituha Cloud’s debut album, it’s also his mantra for young people everywhere, especially those who suffer from mental illness and substance use. His escalating substance use over the years, starting at a young age — combined with depression — caused him to lose his home, his family, and hope. Today, Cloud is the health and wellness recovery coach at InterAct, a traveling evangelist, and a leading hip-hop Christian artist.

Science to Service

Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis, The Felton Institute, San Francisco, CA

PREP achieves dramatic results in treating individuals with schizophrenia, including an over 70% reduction in hospitalizations and psychiatric crisis within one year, saving participating counties an estimated $15,450 per participant year. Beyond the data, PREP team members say success is achieved when people learn to manage and cope with symptoms so they can achieve their life goals, graduate from college, form meaningful relationships, and live full lives.


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