Deseret News staff writer Lois Collins was inducted into the Alliance for the Mentally Ill Hall of Fame Friday for her news coverage of problems facing the mentally ill.

The award was given during a luncheon at the fifth annual conference of the Utah Alliance for the Mentally Ill. About 200 people attended the two-day conference at Ogden's Hilton Hotel.Also inducted into the Outstanding Media Hall of Fame were Elizabeth Hansen of Price; and Mike Rawson and Jack Wilbur of KUTV News in Salt Lake City.

Keith Stroud received the award for Professional of the Year, along with Jan and Norm Nelson for Distinguished Service.

Others honored at the awards luncheon were Peggy Temblen, Consumer of the Year; Janina Chilton, Public Awareness; Alta Vance, Volunteer of the Year; and Ron Hunt, Liaison of the Year.

Above and Beyond Awards were handed out to Bonnie Wolfe and Veloy and Homer Bailey.

Contributing Organizations Awards were presented to American Express, Koret of California, American Greeting Cards, Bingham Cyclery, Western Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Evans and Sutherland.

Marjorie Hochle, Barbara Torkelson, Marcella Bissegger and McKay Dee Institute for Behavioral Medicine were awarded Certificates of Merit.