Annual Awards


In January of each year, NAMI NH seeks nominees for our Annual Awards (see categories below). Individuals nominated are those who have made outstanding contributions to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness and emotional disorders. These awards are presented at the NAMI NH Annual Conference.

Award Criteria

Nominations may be for an individual, group or organization that goes above and beyond for those affected by mental illness. These awards honor exemplary people – those that take more risk, work harder, are more caring and thoughtful, and give more of themselves for families and those with mental illness. Professional nominees must be a current practitioner in the field for which s/he is being nominated. You may nominate more than one person, and you may nominate someone who was nominated previously but not selected. Past winners may be nominated again five years after their award (a link to previous winners is at the bottom of this page). Contact information for both you and the nominee MUST be included. The number of nominations an individual receives will not affect the voting process or outcome; nomination “campaigns” are discouraged.  Nominees will be voted upon based on the written nomination only.

Award Determination

The Annual Awards Committee determines the recipients of these awards. Award recipients are determined SOLELY on the content of the written nominations, which must be limited to 250 words (approximately one paragraph).

Thank you for helping us to recognize and celebrate wonderful people!

2018 Award Categories

Not sure which category to choose? Just select your best guess; our volunteer Annual Awards Committee will decide which category is best suited once they have read over all of the nominations.

  1. Mental health professional – Examples include therapists, psychiatrists, administrators and case managers.
  2. Educator – This category is intended for nominees who reduce stigma and increase mental health awareness through education of individuals and/or the community.  Examples include professors, teachers, or a non-academic role such as a trainer.
  3. NAMI NH volunteer of the year – NAMI NH has so many wonderful volunteers helping with everything from NAMIWalks NH and organizing training materials, to teaching Family-to-Family classes and running support groups.
  4. Peer support – These individuals willingly share their experiences with mental illness with others traveling a similar path, providing much-needed information, empathy, and hope for recovery.
  5. Legislator – There are 400 members of the NH House of Representatives, 24 members of the NH Senate, and 4 members of our delegation in Washington, DC.  Who has helped you advocate for issues related to mental health?
  6. Media – Examples include individuals or organizations working in all forms of media – television, print, radio, or the internet – including blogs.
  7. Systems Change – Demonstrated a major positive impact to the service delivery system, on a regional or statewide level, which improved the lives of individuals affected by mental illness.  Potential areas include housing, peer supports, etc.
  8. Unsung hero – Who’s flying under the radar, not yet receiving recognition for their significant contributions? Perhaps a neighbor who has helped to create a supportive environment for a family struggling with mental illness.  What about your child’s guidance counselor, a local support group leader, or your primary care provider?  A professor, religious leader or mentor?  A business owner or town leader?  Think outside the box, and shine a light on someone doing exceptional work.

Vote for your Mental Health Hero!

Submit a nomination: (3 ways to submit)

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Previous Award Recipients