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RICHARD EMERY

Richard Emery is the 2015 Outstanding Business Leader. He is the President and Principal Broker of Hawaii First and supports mental wellness for the most severely mentally ill by providing hundreds of gourmet meals and special holiday programs to all five Oahu Clubhouses (psycho-social rehabilitation programs for people with severe mental illness).

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KATHY SHEFFIELD

Kathy Sheffield is the 2015 Outstanding Family Advocate. She is the founder of the Kauai Affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and provides education and support to families with loved ones who suffer from a mental illness. Kathy has walked side by side through the journey of her son's illness, advocating for his treatment and recovery.

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CHARLES W. MUELLER, Ph.D.

Charles W. Mueller, Ph.D. is the 2015 Outstanding Community Leader. He has been a passionate and visionary advocate for children's mental health for over 30 years. He is a Professor, Department of Psychology and Co-Director, the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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BRENDA KOSKY

Brenda Kosky is the 2015 Outstanding Adult Consumer Advocate. She overcame depression, homelessness, incarceration and family estrangement to become a beloved and effective mental health advocate for people with severe mental illness. She died in January at age 55 after a brief illness.

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DAVID HIPP

David Hipp is the 2015 Outstanding Government Leader. He is the Executive Director of the State of Hawaii Office of Youth Services. He has spearheaded many important reforms in the juvenile justice system that have greatly increased the mental and physical well-being of these youth. Now, youth who have committed minor offenses can be diverted into treatment instead of incarceration.

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SARAH RIDDLE

Sarah Riddle is the 2015 Outstanding Youth Consumer Advocate. She is 17 and has lived with major depression and severe anxiety. For the last year she has been speaking out as an advocate for increased awareness of youth mental health issues with the Department of Health's Project Kealahou.

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Letter to Editor in Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Suicides all too common in Hawaii. Everyone is rightly concerned about the recent pedestrian deaths, and action need to be taken to prevent them.

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