Daniel Moreno Recovery Awardby Susan Moreno on Sep. 07, 2009, under General Mental Health, Health, mental illness, recovery, stigma
Every year as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week the first part of October The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona sponsors the Annual Daniel Moreno Recovery Award. This year marks the third anniversary for the event. Daniel Moreno was living with schizophrenia before his tragic passing in December of 2005 and his family has established this recognition event in his memory. The Recovery Awards will recognize individuals that exemplify the current reality of recovery for those who have lived with serious mental illness.
According to the President’s New Freedom Commission Report, the word “recovery” refers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. For some individuals, recovery is the ability to live a fulfilling and productive life despite a disability. For others, recovery implies the reduction or complete remission of symptoms. The Recovery Award Event provides positive recognition of a person’s struggle, progress and of the courage needed to overcome often overwhelming adversity and stresses. Publicity surrounding the event has assisted in building awareness about brain disorders and encourages anti-stigma.
If you know someone who fits the criteria you are encouraged to nominate the individual(s) who has courageously faced their illness and recovered. The Award will be presented at a Reception and Silent Auction on October 2nd, 2009 at the Skyline Country Club. Tickets for the dinner event can be purchased in advance for $50.00.
To R.S.V.P. for the event or for a Nomination Form call the office at 520 622-5582 or visit the website at www.namisa.org and submit to NAMI of Southern Arizona by September 15, 2009. A short narrative (not to exceed 500 words) should be attached describing how the nominee(s) meets the criteria above. Points to consider include obstacles overcome, age of onset and duration, degree of improvement, ability to advocate for ones self and others as well as ability to speak publicly about his/her journey. In addition, please ask your nominee to describe in 250 words or less their recovery journey. Submit by mail, email or fax to NAMI Southern Arizona.
The Moreno Family will make the selection by September 25th at which time the Nominators and Award Recipients will be notified. If a nominee is not selected, please consider resubmission next year.