Nominations Sought for 'Hero' in Women's Mental Health

<p>The University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry is seeking nominations ...</p>

The University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry is seeking nominations for the Hero in Women''s Mental Health Award, an annual honor presented to a person who has displayed pioneering efforts and had a positive impact in women''s mental health.

The award is presented to celebrate the contributions of individuals who inspire others. "Because mental health issues can have long-lasting negative effects for women, their families and the entire community, we value the efforts of community members who work to end these problems," says Kathy Smith, MD, director of the Women''s Mental Health Program at the UA Department of Psychiatry and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry.

Nominees for the award can be advocates, clinicians, public officials or community members - anyone whose pioneering efforts have had a positive impact on women''s mental health.

Deadline for nominations is Jan. 31, 2008. Nominators should submit a nomination with a maximum of 1,000 words, including:

  • Nominee''s name, phone, e-mail and, if applicable, degree(s)/credentials.
  • Reason for nomination.
  • Nominator''s name and contact information and relationship to the nominee. This information will remain confidential.

Jennie Grabel, morning show host and music director for 92.9 The Mountain, KWMT-FM, will present the award on Saturday, March 15, 2008, during the Seventh Annual Women''s Mental Health Symposium in the Grand Ballroom of the UA Student Union Memorial Center. The event is open to the community.

  • The symposium is sponsored by the UA Department of Psychiatry and presented by the department''s Women''s Mental Health Program and the UA National Center of Excellence in Women''s Health.

    This year''s symposium will feature five new topics: eating disorders, food and mood, botanicals and dietary supplements, dementia/Alzheimer''s, personality disorders, mom and baby sleep, and sleep and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additional topics, back by popular demand, include: bipolar disorder, domestic violence, headaches, infertility, postpartum depression, sleep disorders, stress, suicide and medication issues in pregnancy.

    For more information about the Hero in Women''s Mental Health Award or the Women''s Mental Health Symposium, call (520) 626-1392, e-mail uspsycon@email.arizona.edu, or visit the Web site www.psychiatry.arizona.edu.