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September 20, 2007

2008 Welcome Back Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted

Donations -- Totaling $55,000 – Made to the Not-for-Profit Organizations of the Winners’ Choice; Nominate Yourself or Someone You Know 

Welcome Back AwardsHave you or someone you know made great strides in battling depression, or improved the lives of those struggling with this devastating illness? If so, the Welcome Back Awards selection committee is excited to announce that nominations are currently being accepted for the 10th anniversary of the awards program. 

This year, as was first announced last year, you can nominate yourself for a prestigious Welcome Back Award, which includes a donation of up to $15,000 to the not-for-profit organization of your choice.  You can also still nominate someone you know who has made a difference in the depression community.

The Welcome Back Awards was established by Eli Lilly and Company 10 years ago to help fight the stigma associated with depression and to spread the word that depression is treatable. Each year, the program celebrates achievement in the depression community by recognizing five individuals for outstanding contributions in the areas of lifetime achievement, community service, destigmatization, primary care, and psychiatry. 

In 2007 Sylvia Axelrod, NAMI New Jersey’s Executive Director, was the recipient of the 2007 Welcome Back Award for Destigmatization. 

Nominations for the 2008 Welcome Back Awards may be submitted by anyone.  All nominations must be received by November 12, 2007, to be reviewed by an independent selection committee of mental health experts.  Honorees will be announced in the spring of 2008.  

The 10th annual  Welcome Back Awards ceremony will be held in May 2008 in Washington, DC.  Each award recipient and one guest will receive complimentary airfare and accommodations to attend the ceremony.

For more information, including a nomination form, call 800-463-6440 or visit

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