Lois Collins, social service writer for the Deseret News, has won a national award for a series of articles about depression.

Collins, employed by the newspaper for the past nine years, won the silver award, second place, in the National Mental Health Association's contest, the Mental Health Media Awards Competition. The category was for daily newspapers with circulations under 100,000.Gena White, media awards coordinator for the national group, congratulated Collins, commending her for her "excellent work in the mental health field."

The award was announced in Salt Lake City recently at the annual meeting of the Mental Health Association in Utah, the organization that nominated Collins' work.

The media award is presented to recognize professional excellence in print and the electronic media, in providing public education and reducing the stigma of mental illness, said Celeste Bowers-Irons, executive director of the association in Utah.

"After the series ran, the office received calls for months from people who had clipped the articles for reference," said Ben Ivey, president of the Utah group.

Officers elected at the annual meeting were Ivey, president; Carolyn Neff Dunn and Robert L. Jackson, vice presidents; and Joyce Longhurst, secretary.

The Mental Health Association in Utah is a non-profit group focusing on education and policy issues relating to mental health.