Sopranos actor promotes mental health awareness

The Missouri Mental Health Foundation Tuesday night honored three people for their work advocating, supporting and inspiring people with mental illness.

The banquet at the Capital Plaza Hotel included people from across the state.

The group heard from actor Joe Pantoliano about his struggle with depression and addiction.

Pantoliano played "Ralphie Cifaretto" on the HBO series The Sopranos and appeared in dozens of movies.

He says the quest for fame lead to his downfall. He told the group that most mental health problems can be managed with treatment. Pantoliano has written two books on mental illness including a candid account of his struggle with clinical depression.

Three people were honored for their work in the field. LuAnn Reese is the Department of Mental Health's Statewide Family Support Coordinator.

Quentin Miller has a developmental disability and works to advocate for people who need community support.

The third honoree from Columbia is Robert Harrison. Harrison works with people struggling with addiction.

He's clinical director at Reality House.