Cast your nominations for the #MindAwards 2014

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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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…

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