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Otsuka-supported awards recognise minority mental health advances

15th August 2007

The American Psychiatric Foundation has recognised three non-profit bodies and one individual as the winners of its fourth annual awards – sponsored by Otsuka – for the advancing of minority mental health.

Each winner at the ceremony in San Diego was presented with a cheque for $5,000 (2,475 pounds) and a plaque celebrating their work and dedication to the issue.

The winners of this year’s awards were the Mount Sinai Hospital Assertive Community Treatment Team in Toronto, the Centre for Multicultural Human Services in Falls Church, the Family Health Centres of San Diego and Mr Henry Acosta, who works at the New Jersey Mental Health Institute.

Hiromi Yoshikawa, chairman and chief executive officer of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, said: “We are proud to support the Awards for Minority Mental Health as part of our commitment to help eliminate health disparities among underserved populations.”

He added that the company congratulates all those that have received these awards and admires their work in developing mental health in minority communities.

Last month in the UK, a survey from the Department of Health found that – notwithstanding a slight increase in fear and prejudice – the general populace in England has remained broadly sympathetic towards individuals suffering from mental illness.

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