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2 DESERET NEWS STAFFERS HAILED FOR COMMUNITY AID

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Two Deseret News staffers have been recognized for their work in community issues.

Elaine Jarvik, a Deseret News staff writer, was honored with the 1995 Outstanding Media Award by Valley Mental Health for her ongoing sensitivity and support of mental health issues.Jarvik's honor was part of annual awards that recognize individuals who have made contributions to people who are mentally ill, said Connie Hines, administrative assistant to the director of Valley Mental Health.

"She writes in such a way that she takes away the stigma of mental illness. She makes them real people," Hines said.

Lois Collins, Deseret News human services writer, received the Utah State Division of Substance Abuse Award Thursday.

B.J. VanRoosendaal, program specialist, said the annual award honors people who have made contributions to helping the cause and treatment of substance abuse.

"Lois has been good with human services and very good for us. She just is really even-handed, objective and fair. She has good judgment," VanRoosendaal said.

Collins won the Valley Mental Health Outstanding Media Award in 1993.