Mental Health and Addictions Services Website Wins International Creativity Award

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Leader in mental health and addictions services is awarded with the International Creativity Award.

The award is a tribute to the National Council's commitment to telling a compelling story using today's interactive technologies

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a leader in mental health and addictions education and awareness. The company's website, located at http://www.TheNationalCouncil.org, won the international award for excellence in communication and creativity for the 2008 Summit Creative Awards "Non-Profit Website" category.

"The award is a tribute to the National Council's commitment to telling a compelling story using today's interactive technologies," said Linda Rosenberg, MSW, President and CEO of the National Council. "We envision a nation where everyone has access to effective mental health and addictions treatment and the supports essential to live, work, learn and participate fully in their communities. Our website was designed to fully support this vision."

The National Council's website provides mental health and addictions treatment news, information, and resources for the public, media, policymakers, and healthcare providers. Of note are the "Real Stories, Real People" and the "Find a Provider" sections of the website. BrowserMedia, an interactive website development agency, won the Summit award for its work on the National Council's site.

Earlier this year, the National Council joined pioneers in the United States in offering mental health and addictions awareness and support virtually using Second Life. The National Council created an office on the Nonprofit Commons and uses Second Life to build community among those with mental illness and addiction disorders and those who care for them. Second Lifers are connected to resources for employment, comprehensive care, and grassroots advocacy to lobby for increased access to effective mental healthcare.

The Summit International Awards organization is dedicated to furthering excellence in the communications industry. Its international awards competitions attract entries from small and medium sized creative groups in more than 50 countries and five continents. The entries are judged against a stringent set of standards that include innovative and creative concepts, the quality of execution, and the ability to communicate and persuade.

Contact:
Meena Dayak
MeenaD @ thenationalcouncil.org
301.984.6200.

About the National Council
Every day, more than 1,400 member organizations of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) reach out to nearly 6 million adults, children, and families with mental illnesses and addiction disorders to give them a chance to lead productive lives, while treating each and every one with dignity, respect, and cultural sensitivity. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association, the National Council offers a critical safety net to our nation's poorest and most vulnerable citizens. We support our members' work by advocating for policies that help the people they serve receive accessible, high-quality care. We envision a nation where everyone has access to effective mental health and addictions treatment and the supports essential to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities.

http://www.TheNationalCouncil.org

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