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Call for nominations for region’s first Mental Health Awards

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A call for nominations is now open through September 1, 2021, for the Mentally STRONG Awards, an award program that recognizes people within healthcare, organizations, non-profits, educational institutions and church or community groups in the Pikes Peak Region that have demonstrated positive contributions to mental health challenges in our community and have committed to helping others become mentally strong.

The committee, led by Dr. Cristi Bundukamara, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado Springs, is launching the first award. “Our community never ceases to amaze me and with a year like 2020, seeing how so many organizations, businesses and leaders in our community stepped up to do whatever they could to keep going is worth honoring,” said Dr. Bundukamara. “This award is an opportunity to shine a light on the achievements and the dedication of those who work tirelessly to help our community after the immense impact of a global pandemic.”

Selected nominees will be invited to attend an in-person ceremony at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in October where they will be honored and recognized. One overall award winner will be presented a $1,000 check. Criteria includes notable achievements for demonstrating a mentally strong approach to challenges or experiences that the nominee has helped overcome. More information and the nomination entry form can be found at,