Sponsored by Lilly, the Welcome Back Awards
is a national program launched in 1998 to fight the stigma associated with depression and help the public understand that depression is treatable
. The awards, announced annually, recognize excellence and courage in the mental health community. They acknowledge outstanding accomplishments in the following areas: community service, destigmatization, primary care, psychiatry, and lifetime achievement. An independent committee of mental health community leaders selects the winners from hundreds of nominations. As part of the awards, Lilly makes a donation to the not-for-profit institution of each honoree's choice.
More information is available by calling (212) 884-0650. Download the 2009 application for the Welcome Back Awards