Half of Us and The Meth Project Nominated Along Side X-Factor Finalist Chris Rene at 16th Annual PRISM Awards

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Presented by Entertainment Industries Council, Inc (EIC), PRISM Awards honor those who are entertaining a difference through accurate portrayals of substance use and mental health concerns

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The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. is proud to announce former X Factor finalist, singer Chris Rene has been nominated to receive the PRISM Award in the Music category for his original song “Young Homie.” Half of Us and The Meth Project have been nominated for the Public Service Campaign PRISM Award for their ongoing contributions to helping those with substance abuse and mental health issues. Like the other performers and productions nominated this year, these nominees displayed exceptional accuracy in their creation of messages concerning substance use and mental health.

Chris Rene took America by storm during his X Factor audition, in which he sang an original song chronicling his personal addiction issues entitled “Young Homie.” It quickly became popular, with Chris debuting a music video for the song and beginning a tour.

Half of Us is a campaign created by mtvU and The Jed Foundation in order to raise awareness and create a dialogue about mental health issues, as well as connecting students in need with necessary resources. The campaign is based on extensive research on how the youth are affected by stress and depression.

The Meth Project, by Director Darren Aronofsky, is a series of public service announcements on the dangers of methamphetamine.

The PRISM Awards honor television and film productions and actors accurately depicting mental health and substance use. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on April 19, 2012 in Beverly Hills. For more information please visit http://www.prismawards.com.

About Entertainment Industries Council

EIC, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power and influence of the industry to bear on communication about health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the chief pioneer of entertainment outreach and one of the premiere success stories in the field of entertainment education. EIC provides information resources for entertainment creators through innovative and time-proven services and methods of "encouraging the art of making a difference" from within the entertainment industry. EIC produces the simulcast national television special PRISM Awards Showcase which addresses accurate portrayals of prevention, treatment and recovery from drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and mental health concerns. The organization also produces the S.E.T Awards, honoring positive and non-stereotypical portrayals of science, engineering and technology.

EIC also addresses issues such as diabetes, ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, foster care, women's health, firearm safety and injury prevention, sun safety and skin cancer prevention, human trafficking, terrorism and homeland security, eating disorders and obesity, seat belt use and traffic safety, and HIV/AIDS prevention. The organization has also launched an initiative to increase the public profile and interest in science, engineering and technology. EIC’s web site is http://www.eiconline.org. The PRISM Awards web site is http://www.prismawards.com.

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