Cast your nominations for the #MindAwards 2014

Today the categories were announced for the Mind Media Awards, and you can nominate your favourite mental health voices to win.

Although most nominations cost £165 per nomination, there is no charge to nominate for the journalist, student journalist or blogger categories.

The blogger category seems to be replacing what was previously known as the Mark Hanson Award for Digital Media. In many ways I think that’s a shame, because there’s a lot of good stuff being done on other forms of social media (e.g. vlogs, Twitter) to talk about mental health. Then again, the winners from the last three years have all been blogs. In 2011, it was won by Confessions of a Serial Insomniac for her account of recovery from child sexual abuse and borderline personality disorder. In 2012 Mental Health Cop received the award for his detailed analyses of the intersection between policing and mental health. Purple Persuasion won in 2013 for her blog about recovery from bipolar disorder.

In each of those years, the winner wasn’t somebody from a major media organisation. Just an ordinary person with a blog, a great writing style and something to say. I make a point of nominating somebody each year. If anyone’s interested, in 2012 I nominated Chaos and Control, and in 2012 Victoria Betton. Sadly neither of those were shortlisted, but I think what they do is great and valuable.

I haven’t decided who I’m going to send a nomination for this year, but I will, and encourage you guys to do the same.

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3 thoughts on “Cast your nominations for the #MindAwards 2014

  1. Reblogged this on Vox Political and commented:
    I’m reblogging this because I know many Vox Political readers live with health conditions, including mental health issues. Hopefully you follow social media sites that may deserve this award (VP doesn’t – it’s a political blog and while we touch on political issues to do with mental health, nothing here would merit this kind of award) and will be moved to nominate the site of your choice.

  2. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    Like MIke over at Vox Political, I’m reblogging this because many of the people who follow this blog have experience of mental health issues. Moreover, mental illness in our society is increasing. I was told at Uni that about 1/4 of students will at one point suffer from depression, and the figures for the number of people, who will suffer from it or another form of mental problem in outside society are comparable. Mental health campaigners have made the point that mental illness should be destigmatised, so that people can report their problems and get the help they need without shame or embarrassment. After all, there’s no shame in going to the doctor’s over a physical ailment, and mental illness should be the same.

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