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.