Executive Vice President Guttman Associates
Rick Springfield, Oliver Platt, Joseph Barksdale, and the Born This Way Foundation will be honored at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ 2018 Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards
March 5, 2018
Melissa Rivers to emcee
Culver City, Calif. (March 5, 2018) – Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Rick Springfield, multiple Emmy, SAG, Tony and Golden Globe Award-nominated actor Oliver Platt, Los Angeles Chargers’ 2015 Lineman of the year Joe Barksdale, and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation will be honored at the 22nd Anniversary Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, which is celebrating 75 years of service to the community, will confer the honors at the Beverly Hilton. The event, which will be emceed by Wendy Liebman, is expected to raise 600,000 dollars for Didi Hirsch, a leading non-profit provider of free community mental health and substance use services for children and adults. The agency is also home to the nation’s first Suicide Prevention Center, a national leader in training, research and services.
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and activist Rick Springfield, talks about his suicidal depression to raise awareness and hope. He will receive the 2018 Beatrice Stern Media Award for her passionate efforts to raise awareness about suicide and mental illness.
“Rick has used his many talents as a writer, songwriter and actor to spread the message that despair is temporary, and that mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of their accomplishments. By speaking openly and honestly about his depression and suicide attempts, he has helped erase stigma and has inspired others who are struggling to have hope.” –says who
Joe Barksdale has been a star on and off the field. On the field, Barksdale not only played a lot, but he played on both sides of the line—earning him the title of Lineman of the year in 2015. Off the field, Barksdale is working to tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness, specifically depression by talking about his experiences to encourage others to seek help. After suffering silently for close to 20 years, Barksdale admitted to his daily struggles with depression and his frequent thoughts of suicide. He will receive the 2018 Beatrice Stern Media Award for her passionate efforts to raise awareness about suicide and mental illness.
“Many men would rather talk about football than difficult topics like depression and suicide. Joe is a football player who bravely spoke about his experience with both. He not only helped make the culture of football more open but also made it easier for men who are struggling to talk about their pain and get help.” –says who
Oliver Platt is a multiple Emmy, SAG, Tony and Golden Globe Award-nominated actor. Platt has appeared in over fifty-five films. His portrayal of an Emergency Room psychiatrist on NBC’s Chicago Med helps erase stigma and inspires people in need to feel more comfortable seeking treatment. Because of this, Platt will receive the 2018 Beatrice Stern Media Award for her passionate efforts to raise awareness about suicide and mental illness.
“There are still many misconceptions about what happens when someone in a mental health crisis is taken to a hospital emergency room. Oliver’s sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a hospital psychiatrist shows what compassionate care looks like and encourages families and people in crisis to consider all resources, including hospital Emergency Departments, when in need of immediate help.” –says who
Together with daughter Lady Gaga, Cynthia co-founded Born This Way Foundation to empower youth and advocate against bullying and teen suicide. To achieve these goals, Born This Way Foundation leverages rigorous academic research and authentic partnerships in order to provide young people with kinder communities, improved mental health resources, and more positive environments – online and offline. Cynthia’s dedication to empower youth earns her the 2018 Beatrice Stern Media Award.
“AS a Youth Mental Health First Aid provider during Lady Gaga’s Born Brave Bus Tour in 2014.” The Born This Way foundation stated “we are thrilled to honor the organization that Cynthia founded with her daughter Lady Gaga for all it is doing to erase stigma. Born This Way Foundation’s initiatives to empower youth, inspire bravery and stop teen bullying and suicide have helped create a healthier and kinder community.” –says who
For additional information or to purchase tickets, please go to www.erasingthestigma.org or call (310) 659-5517. To see a highlight reel of past events, go to https://youtu.be/fw8NusHc5Xw
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About Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services:
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has been a leading provider of community mental health and substance use services since 1942. Dedicated to serving communities where stigma or poverty limits access, Didi Hirsch helps more than 90,000 children and adults each year from 11 locations and 100 schools throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.
The nation’s first, Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center is a leader in training, research and services. We help people contemplating suicide, concerned loved ones and those who have attempted or are grieving a loss. Our multilingual crisis line answered nearly 87,000 calls/chats/texts nationwide in 2016 and is one of three that takes calls for the national Disaster Distress Helpline. Learn more at www.didihirsch.org.
For more information, please go to www.erasingthestigma.org