2018 Jessica Henderson Spirit Award
Jessica Henderson lost her battle with bipolar disorder at the age of twenty-one. In her honor, Jessica’s parents established a lecture series with assistance from NAMI Rochester. Each year the Jessica Henderson Event strives to offer hope to all people affected by mental illness, increase community awareness, and erase stigma.
The Jessica Henderson Spirit Award honors a person within the Greater Rochester area whose contributions have enhanced the lives of individuals with mental illness, their families, and their communities. Jessica is remembered for her enthusiasm and joy, her kindness and the high regard that she held for others. Jessica’s life was enriched by the arts as she herself was an artist and performer.
NAMI Rochester and the Henderson Event Committee invite nominations from organizations, groups and/or individuals of an individual that exemplifies the spirit of Jessica Henderson and who actively promotes the mission of mental health, advocates for the rights of those affected by mental illness and works for the elimination of the stigma that degrades those with a mental illness diagnosis and has made and continues to make a personal commitment of time, talent and resource to insure help, hope and a path to recovery are offered to all who seek it.
The nomination period for the 2018 Jessica Henderson Spirit Award begins on June 15, 2018 and nominations will be accepted until September 1, 2018.
Nomination forms and all supporting documents can be submitted either in person at the NAMI Offices or by mail to:
320 North Goodman Street
Rochester, New York 14607
or via email to:
The winner of the 2018 Jessica Henderson Spirit Award will be announced at the Jessica Henderson Event.
Members of the NAMI Rochester staff, Board of Directors or Jessica Henderson Event Committee are not eligible to be nominated for the Jessica Henderson Spirit Award.
Any questions and/or requests for clarification concerning the nomination process can be directed to Pat Sine or Lynne Fisher at 585.423.1593.
It is understood and agreed to by both the organization or individual submitting the nomination and the nominees that NAMI Rochester reserves the right to publicize the nominees, the nominating organizations / individuals and the winner of the Jessica Henderson Spirit Award on the NAMI ROC website as well as in other NAMI ROC official publications. (Photo releases may be requested from the nominees and their nominators.)