Senator Elizabeth Dole and the late actress Carrie Fisher were among those honored at the 2017 Voice Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 16, 2017, for raising awareness of behavioral health issues and encouraging people to speak out and seek help. This year\u2019s Voice Awards, an event sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), followed the theme \u201cHonoring Those Who Serve: Hope, Resilience and Recovery\u201d and recognized people working to address the mental health and addiction challenges faced by our military and veteran communities. The awards ceremony was hosted by Chef Robert Irvine, a fervent supporter of issues affecting military personnel and their families through the Robert Irvine Foundation. Representatives of Promises Behavioral Health were privileged to attend an event that honored so many extraordinary community leaders, organizations, screenwriters and producers for their efforts in educating the public about mental illness and addiction and reducing stigma around these issues. Overriding messages of the awards program were that we all have a role to play in saving lives, and that we can help people travel the positive journey of recovery from conditions like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, as well as a condition known as \u201cmoral injury,\u201d which is common among soldiers who have experienced combat and lost comrades. The condition gives rise to feelings of shame, guilt, anxiety and anger, among others. Many of the organizations, campaigns, films and TV shows that SAMHSA honored are raising awareness about suicide, and the fact that every day 20 veterans take their lives. Several video clips from recent productions were screened at the event, including interviews with people who have been touched by suicide. One young man who survived his suicide attempt said, \u201cI thought maybe life isn\u2019t for everybody \u2026 I was done, and I was wrong.\u201d Another veteran and survivor highlighted the importance of therapy for recovery, saying, \u201cAnyone can muscle through physically, but not psychologically. Without counseling, I can\u2019t say where I\u2019d be right now.\u201d SAMHSA and the many peers, leaders, groups and entertainment productions highlighted at the event share a common goal of inspiring others to practice prevention, seek treatment, or support a loved one in recovery from a mental illness or addiction. Honorees this year included Kevin Briggs, Tom Cruz, General Arthur T. Dean, Major General (Ret.) Mark Graham and Carol Graham, Kristina Kaufmann, Montavious McKinney and Jodi Savits. Entertainment productions or films honored included \u201cChris Gethard: Career Suicide,\u201d \u201cJane the Virgin,\u201d \u201cThe Warfighters,\u201d \u201cOne Day at a Time,\u201d \u201cThis Is Us,\u201d \u201cCaptain Fantastic,\u201d \u201cMegan Leavey,\u201d \u201cAlmost Sunrise,\u201d \u201cIron Will\u201d and \u201cThe S Word.\u201d Throughout the event and pre-show interviews, many speakers shared their stories and messages of compassion, survival and recovery. One of the most powerful messages came from A. Kathryn Power, a SAMHSA regional director and the acknowledged \u201cmother\u201d of the Voice Awards, who sat down for an exclusive pre-show interview with Keris Jan Myrick, associate director of consumer affairs for SAMHSA. \u201cWhether you are a military person or any person with mental health or addiction issues, you should have access to the care you need, when you need it,\u201d Power said. \u201cNo matter what, there is hope.\u201d The 2017 Voice Awards event was held at Royce Hall on the University of California at Los Angeles campus, and also was streamed live online nationwide.