Sometimes the major drama we watch our favorite TV characters go through is actually far from fiction — and might even feel familiar to someone close to us. In the real world, mental illness and substance abuse are often swept under the rug or considered character flaws rather than the serious health conditions they are. That's exactly why it's so important to celebrate media that put these uncomfortable but pervasive subjects under the spotlight and spark further conversation.
At the 2016 Voice Awards, six series in particular will be honored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for helping to raise awareness about everything from suicide and bipolar disorder to postpartum depression and drug addition. Hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz himself, the awards will also recognize Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Rob and Nick Reiner, and the Jackson-Brown family.
Here are the shows you should watch out for. And just a warning: There's a whole lot of spoilers ahead. But spoilers so worth hearing about.
The 2016 Voice Awards will be streamed live on Wednesday, August 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m. PDT/9:30 p.m. EDT. To view the live webcast, visit www.samhsa.gov/voice-awards.