MHBA 2021 Nominees

Shortlisted nominees for 2021 

Project of the Year 

 

  • Ashley - GHOST IN MY BEDROOM 

  • Diary of an anxious Dad

  • Hannah - One/Third Project

  • Kimberley - Keep Real

  • Minds Anonymous

  • Mental Health Crisis Angels

 

Photography of the Year 

 

  • Emma - Red Silver Mountains

  • Jeff - Afro Mental Health 

  • Kay - MH Stories

  • Pixee - That’s What Pea Said

  • Robynlouise_health

 

Micro Influencer of the Year 

 

  • bpdbryan 

  • Cara - Rainybayblog

  • Emma - Red Silver Mountains

  • Jess - Multiplicityandme

  • Kate - Love My Anxious Brain

 

Podcaster of the Year 

Sponsored by Open Journal

 

  • Billy - Anxiety United

  • Kimberley - Keep Real

  • Lucy - Stand Up To Anxiety Podcast

  • Minds Anonymous

  • Yasmin - ‘Have You Tried Being Happy?’

 

Vlogger of the Year

Sponsored by Instant Counselling 

 

  • Bex's Anorexia Recovery

  • Billy - Anxiety United

  • Dave - The Mental Health Family Hour

  • Jess - Multiplicityandme

  • Lucy - In The Midst Of Madness

 

Social Media Champion of the Year 

 

  • Beth - Just a Square Peg

  • bpdbryan

  • Cara’s Corner

  • Kimberley - Keep Real

  • Marcus - Unwanted Life

  • Mark @run4mh

  • Slaythestigma

 

Blogger of the Year 

 

  • Amber - The Winter Of My Discontent. 

  • Bex's Anorexia Recovery 

  • Cara - Rainybayblog 

  • Cara’s Corner 

  • Diary of an anxious Dad

  • Ian Ogonji

  • inmywords

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All 2021 nominees by category 

Project of the Year

Ashley - GHOST IN MY BEDROOM

www.freeyourghost.com

A transparent story of recovery; my journey from depressed alcoholic and suicide survivor to irreverent CEO and advocate in less than a year.

Change Your Stars

https://www.facebook.com/changeyourstarsofficial

I created Change Your Stars to support others who may be struggling with similar situations as myself, it is a safe online platform where people can share stories, interact and feel inspired. Back in school many years ago I was told by staff that I wouldn't amount to anything, I was ostracized from my peer group for being different, which made school a very tough, lonely and challenging time. I would always say to myself "I will change my stars" . Throughout my late teens and early adult life, I still felt challenged due to my mental health difficulties. In 2019 I was diagnosed with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder), this was a huge shock, however it explained so much and helped me begin my journey of self acceptance and healing. As part of my journey, I decided to make this platform a reality to become that person I needed when I was younger. If I am able to help just one person feel included and better about themselves, for me that is bigger than selling out the biggest stadium.

 

Deepanshi

rainonme.org

I started Rain On Me in 2018 after living with ADHD, OCD and Anxiety for more than a decade. I was looking for a safe space where I can meet people like myself and feel heard and not alone. It turned to be so much more than that. Ever since, Rain On Me has been organising and curating a peer support group to anyone needing a safe space to vent about any struggles or stresses affecting their mental health. Our social media is an extension of this safe space. I use social media to vent and share lessons from my personal experience. I also have 3 volunteers who regularly share their stories on the posts. Our aim is to make people feel safe, understood and not alone. We focus more on thoughts and emotions of our readers and are trying to build a community of self-compassion, empathy and kindness. We are trying to build gratitude for the life we have, while searching for pieces of ourselves that we may have lost along the way. Everyone is welcome.

Diary of an anxious Dad

Www.diaryofananxiousdad.co.uk

I have created a platform in my local area that gives people courage to speak out, I find speaking out the hardest part of accepting mental health issues so taking that first step is the hardest part done, creating a path towards acceptance. I tell my story to enlighten those who need to tell theirs.

Hannah - One/Third Project

www.onethirdproject.co.uk

I have over a decade of lived-experience with mental health with disrupted my education and my life. I had to leave school at 14 due to a traumatic event that resulted in my mental health deteriorating further. After leaving school at such a young age, I started working and trying out different sectors such as cleaning, marketing, retail, etc while trying to fight for my education despite getting 4 GCSEs. I eventually got into university in 2019 to study Law with Criminology, but in the first term I suffered with a severe kidney infection that required hospital treatment. From this, I was so far behind on coursework already that I got severe panic attacks and suicidal thoughts from being alone away from home. I left to preserve my mental health. This, all of this, is what made me decide that more needed to be done for young people and students regarding their mental health and education. So I set up the One/Third Project to tackle these issues.

Kay - MH Stories

www.mhstories.com

MH Stories started as ‘This Is What A Person With Mental Illness Looks Like’ a project to raise awareness as well as educate people on mental health. Doing this by sharing stories from people who have struggled/are still struggling with their mental health. I want people with mental illness to know, that no matter where they are, they are not alone. As I’ve experienced different types of mental health problems and I’m still living with them, I find that it can be extremely difficult to socialise or sometimes even just to leave the house. By knowing that there are people out there who understand and support me it makes me feel a lot less alone in this and I know that I am not the only one who feels like that.

Kevin - SoMeNa

www.SoMeNa.ie

By supporting us you will be raising the profile of our initiative which we hope will help people directly & indirectly with their mental health...

Kimberley - Keep Real

www.keepreal.co.uk

Through my Counselling degree, lived experience and the power of art and music - Keep Real is all about helping folk feel connected and opening up mental health interventions to all. From facilitating creative coping workshops, organising Keep Real live music shows with artists and musicians, to sharing stories on the podcast. So what work has Keep Real done so far? Well...here goes a few examples! - Over 350 attendees at the live music shows, collaborating with (so far!) over 20 artists and musicians. - Providing creative wellbeing workshops for the University of Leeds, NHS Leeds, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Women in Tech Festival, Cultural Institute + more. - Over 1,000 listeners on the podcast, soaking up some fantastic conversations around mental health and sharing experiences of local people. - Contributing to wellbeing projects and talks in the region, from Mind, Sky UK, The Women's Org, Twitter + more! I am also now on my way to completing my Counselling training, and within the next years I will be an accredited and qualified therapist. This will mean Keep Real as a small business and platform, will be able to offer counselling as part of the interventions work.

 

Mental Health Crisis Angels

https://twitter.com/MHCrisisAngels

The team is made up completely of volunteers who give their time to support others by providing peer support via Twitter DM. There is a thorough process in place for recruitment to the team to ensure anyone volunteering understands that it is essential to take care of their mental wellbeing. We look after the team members, with each of them having their own support chat. We promote mental wellbeing and raise awareness via our tweets and blog posts, sharing true stories and experiences from people with lived experience of mental health issues. We also publish information that may be helpful & have a variety of social media visuals (e.g. profile pictures) they can use for free, to help raise awareness/end the stigma. We also run sanctuaries, regular chats and support for loneliness, and groups which offer a break for people needing fun and games and distractions. #TheAngelExperience is a good hashtag to search on Twitter to, to see what people think of the team & what we offer

Minds Anonymous

www.mindsanonymous.com

Minds Anonymous provides a safe space to share your mental health stories completely anonymously. By increasing the understanding of mental health conditions we hope to abolish stigma. A powerful story can change a life. Let us share yours. Our Beliefs: Minds Anonymous is an initiative set up to end the stigma that surrounds mental health, offer support to those that suffer and increase understanding of common and uncommon mental health conditions. By sharing stories of real life mental health experiences, we aim to prove that managing mental health is simply part of being human. We may face individual challenges, but by learning about each other, we are in a stronger place to support one another. We have had nearly 6000 website hits from all over the world since launching in October 2020 and 34 stories of mental health experiences from individuals and supporting articles from our professional partners. What People Say about Minds Anonymous: "We have to educate people and improve their cognition to overcome the stigma against mental illness. Too many myths and too many "snake-oil" products are allowed to get on the market. Minds Anonymous is one of the exceptions. It both breaks the stigma and provides help that works." My Cognition - Professional partner of Minds Anonymous "This is the best insight into hallucinations that can't be missed. I have read some scientific sources that I found on Wikipedia which were descriptions made by experts without experience. I was disappointed. Here the relatively short story of a lifetime of experience combined with intelligence led me straight into the jist of my own conundrums. Many many thanks for sharing." Minds Anonymous reader of: https://mindsanonymous.com/the-reality-of-psychosis-beyond-the-tv-drama/ "I think there has never been a better time to do it. Lot’s of people are struggling this year and we’re not out of the woods yet." Minds Anonymous Supporter "I still think it's mad that literally everyone I know has mental health issues of some kind and yet there’s still this feeling that we can’t be open about it!" Minds Anonymous Supporter Thank you for reading.

Sarah - OBS Directory

www.obsdirectory.co.uk

The OBS (Oldham Brokerage Service) Directory was set up as a new concept to support Oldham schools to identify the right support available both Nationally and locally for their school community. The OBS team held a pot of money for schools to access (amount per school is capped). This enabled schools to have autonomy over the support they drafted in for their children and young people. The directory provides a safe place for the school staff (or parents) to browse the services available to meet the needs of their pupils/children. The OBS team have researched and mapped services, and add new services as they are discovered by a quality assessment framework. This means all services listed have been asked if they follow robust safeguarding policy and procedure to make sure they can safely meet the needs of those they intend to help. OBS has helped schools recognise what is available, access funds to bring services in or help staff receive training themselves to ensure an unlimited number of children access improved mental health and emotional wellbeing support. OBS work in partnership with other mental health providers to bring services together and keep relevant partners informed of actions/offers and changes to provision throughout Covid. OBS has been a brokerage service, networking and stakeholder communication lead and most importantly a lifeline for children and young people in Oldham throughout the pandemic. OBS was established in August of 2019 so our direction and support offer has changed with the needs presented as a result of covid. We have purchased Solihull an ward winning online parent support training programme to support the parents who were communicating that they were struggling due to the sudden change in circumstance. Further info can be provided.

Steve - Two Beats Apart

www.twobeatsapart.com

I started the “Little Tiny Pieces Of Time” project when I thought that I wasn’t going to be here much longer. In an increasingly fake world, I want to be more real and show the reality that what you see, is never the whole story.

Zoë Ayres, Marissa Edwards, Emily King, Daniel Random, Syreeta Nolan Voices of Academia

Https://voicesofacademia.com

In academia, mental health is rarely discussed, despite the high incidence of mental health concerns from undergrad all the way through to professorial level. The Voices of Academia blog is an international collaboration to capture the mental health experiences of academics, highlighting that we are not alone, and giving individuals a voice. Topics covered have ranged from building resilience, to experiencing bullying, to managing depression and anxiety throughout academia. Voices of Academia aims to highlight that there is much more work we need to do to support the individuals generating the ideas of tomorrow.

Photography of the Year

Emma - Red Silver Mountains

https://www.redsilvermountains.com/

I've worked tirelessly over the years using my platforms to raise awareness around mental health/illness as well as chronic pain. My go to is now my Instagram account but I'm looking to relaunch my blog. As someone with BPD, depression, anxiety and other chronic illnesses I find that using photography and art is my way of being able to share experiences and invite others to discuss theirs. Due to being unwell a lot and working full time it also takes its toll so when I hear I have helped or made a difference it means the world to me. I have been nominated in the past for the MHBA and also helped with photography, filming and spreading the word and love being a part of this community and event. All I hope is that I make a difference in some way and provide a space an voice for those who feel they're not able to use there's and will continue to do so in years to come.

Jeff - Afro Mental Health

afromentalhealth.wordpress.com

I am a photographer, video maker, blogger, guide and mental health campaigner. I work closely with tech, tech savvy folks, academia, NGO world and social media to raise awareness and resources on mental health. I have always be a person who motivates others, as a teenage filmmaker growing up in Nairobi, I made films that inspired people. When I suffered a Psychosis I thought that was the end of me, but it's now 3 years of working hard to change stereotypes and advocating for better mental health in Kenya.

Kay - MH Stories

www.mhstories.com

MH Stories started as ‘This Is What A Person With Mental Illness Looks Like’ a project to raise awareness as well as educate people on mental health. Doing this by sharing stories from people who have struggled/are still struggling with their mental health. I want people with mental illness to know, that no matter where they are, they are not alone. As I’ve experienced different types of mental health problems and I’m still living with them, I find that it can be extremely difficult to socialise or sometimes even just to leave the house. By knowing that there are people out there who understand and support me it makes me feel a lot less alone in this and I know that I am not the only one who feels like that.

Pixee - That’s What Pea Said

www.thatswhatpeasaid.com

I like to help others find the magic in the mundane... To inspire others to find their spark & encourage others to reach out for help should they need to. Although I may have a non-conventional approach to my mental health content, I’m a Counsellor & incorporate my studies within my content

Robynlouise_health

https://www.instagram.com/robynlouise_health/

 

Podcaster of the Year - Sponsored by Open Journal

Billy - Anxiety United

www.anxietyunited.com

The purpose of creating Anxiety United was to share my story and create as many free resources as I could, I'm super proud of how many people my platform has reached and helped.

Dan - Read Man Marking Podcast

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/man-marking/id1506661828

I started this podcast with my two mates in order to encourage men to become more comfortable talking about their mental health, using football as the vehicle to deliver that. I personally have a personality disorder which causes me to suffer from depression and anxiety every day. I found it so hard to talk for a long, long time, and I hated to think of anyone else being in my situation, and going through the mental torment that comes with it. The podcast is a space for men to talk openly, learn from one another, and create a kinder more understanding world.

Kimberley - Keep Real

www.keepreal.co.uk

Through my Counselling degree, lived experience and the power of art and music - Keep Real is all about helping folk feel connected and opening up mental health interventions to all. From facilitating creative coping workshops, organising Keep Real live music shows with artists and musicians, to sharing stories on the podcast. So what work has Keep Real done so far? Well...here goes a few examples! - Over 350 attendees at the live music shows, collaborating with (so far!) over 20 artists and musicians. - Providing creative wellbeing workshops for the University of Leeds, NHS Leeds, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Women in Tech Festival, Cultural Institute + more. - Over 1,000 listeners on the podcast, soaking up some fantastic conversations around mental health and sharing experiences of local people. - Contributing to wellbeing projects and talks in the region, from Mind, Sky UK, The Women's Org, Twitter + more! I am also now on my way to completing my Counselling training, and within the next years I will be an accredited and qualified therapist. This will mean Keep Real as a small business and platform, will be able to offer counselling as part of the interventions work.

Kimberley, Keep Real

Lucy - Stand Up To Anxiety Podcast

www.lucyjsmith.com

I became a Mental Health Advocate because of my own struggles with anxiety. When I was struggling most I saw a counsellor and received support, however, when I went looking online and tried to read books about anxiety, everything was too complicated for me to understand and it overwhelmed me. Now I look and I see other people going through exactly the same. My hope is that my podcast supports them through that struggle, it shows them that they are not alone and it gives them the information they need in a simple, easy to understand way to start learning how to understand and manage their anxiety. Last year I published a book on Amazon titled Stand Up To Anxiety and just this week a journal of the same title to go alongside it. I have received many good reviews about the book and journal so far. It’s very special to me knowing that I’ve used my struggles to help others. It’s made all the anxiety and panic attacks worth while in a way I could never have imagined. Thank you for considering me.

Minds Anonymous

www.mindsanonymous.com

Minds Anonymous provides a safe space to share your mental health stories completely anonymously. By increasing the understanding of mental health conditions we hope to abolish stigma. A powerful story can change a life. Let us share yours. Our Beliefs: Minds Anonymous is an initiative set up to end the stigma that surrounds mental health, offer support to those that suffer and increase understanding of common and uncommon mental health conditions. By sharing stories of real life mental health experiences, we aim to prove that managing mental health is simply part of being human. We may face individual challenges, but by learning about each other, we are in a stronger place to support one another. We have had nearly 6000 website hits from all over the world since launching in October 2020 and 34 stories of mental health experiences from individuals and supporting articles from our professional partners. What People Say about Minds Anonymous: "We have to educate people and improve their cognition to overcome the stigma against mental illness. Too many myths and too many "snake-oil" products are allowed to get on the market. Minds Anonymous is one of the exceptions. It both breaks the stigma and provides help that works." My Cognition - Professional partner of Minds Anonymous "This is the best insight into hallucinations that can't be missed. I have read some scientific sources that I found on Wikipedia which were descriptions made by experts without experience. I was disappointed. Here the relatively short story of a lifetime of experience combined with intelligence led me straight into the jist of my own conundrums. Many many thanks for sharing." Minds Anonymous reader of: https://mindsanonymous.com/the-reality-of-psychosis-beyond-the-tv-drama/ "I think there has never been a better time to do it. Lot’s of people are struggling this year and we’re not out of the woods yet." Minds Anonymous Supporter "I still think it's mad that literally everyone I know has mental health issues of some kind and yet there’s still this feeling that we can’t be open about it!" Minds Anonymous Supporter Thank you for reading.

Sylo Magazine 

Www.sylomag.com

I am not a mental health expert - I am an ordinary person, with my own fair share of faults. What I am trying to do with Sylo Magazine is to find the right experts, and ask them the most appropriate questions, to get practical advice on how you can Sort Your Life Out (SYLO). So far, the podcast has tackled Emotional Resilience, Loneliness and Burnout - with many more episodes to come on tackling the everyday barriers to living a more fulfilling life. I hope you enjoy the episodes and I appreciate any support and constructive feedback 😀

Yasmin - ‘Have You Tried Being Happy?’

@HYTBHpodcast

I started the ‘Have You Tried Being Happy?’ podcast in the hope that I could help pave the way to normalising positive conversations about mental health and encourage people to reach out for support. The interviews and conversations on the podcast are completely unfiltered, showing the true impact of mental health battles. However, at the same time they are sprinkled with little bits of comedy - not because we think mental health battles are funny, because they absolutely are not, but because sometimes laughter can make a conversation a little less scary. And there’s some truth behind laughter being the best medicine. If I can help even just one person reach out for the support they need, if I can save one life, ‘Have You Tried Being Happy?’ will have accomplished what it was first created to do.

Micro Influencer of the Year

Ashley - GHOST IN MY BEDROOM

www.freeyourghost.com

A transparent story of recovery; my journey from depressed alcoholic and suicide survivor to irreverent CEO and advocate in less than a year.

Beth - Just a Square Peg

https://justasquarepeg.com

I would like people to know that I try to talk about my experiences with mental health and BPD in an upbeat and positive way, especially through social media (particularly Instagram reels). There’s still quite a stigma surrounding BPD so I try to use my blog to provide insight and guidance.

bpdbryan

https://mobile.twitter.com/bpdbryan

I have shared my story and journey living with mental illness for a few years. The past year saw me grow in confidence and as a person, despite doing it during a pandemic.

Emma - Red Silver Mountains

https://www.redsilvermountains.com/

I've worked tirelessly over the years using my platforms to raise awareness around mental health/illness as well as chronic pain. My go to is now my Instagram account but I'm looking to relaunch my blog. As someone with BPD, depression, anxiety and other chronic illnesses I find that using photography and art is my way of being able to share experiences and invite others to discuss theirs. Due to being unwell a lot and working full time it also takes its toll so when I hear I have helped or made a difference it means the world to me. I have been nominated in the past for the MHBA and also helped with photography, filming and spreading the word and love being a part of this community and event. All I hope is that I make a difference in some way and provide a space an voice for those who feel they're not able to use there's and will continue to do so in years to come.

Fighter_mummy

Fighter-mummy.com

I am a huge advocate for mental health and well-being. Having been through a year of hell when my son had cancer, I learnt the importance of talking and sharing your feelings. I wrote blogs documenting my darkest days and also my happiest.

Issey Walton

www.isseywalton.wordpress.com/blog

Issey has experienced social anxiety and shyness her whole life. For a long time, she let it hold her back. However, she had always dreamt of being an actor, and found that pursuing this goal helped her gain control over her anxiety - at least to a certain extent. On her blog, Issey shares her experiences with anxiety with raw truthfulness, and she hopes that it resonates with others dealing with similar struggles. She also attempts to confront common misconceptions that surround both shyness and anxiety, and encourages people to not let their anxiety get in the way of their goals. Her advice is never one-size-fits-all or patronising, and she really hopes that she can make a difference, even if it's just to one person. She has a particular focus on writing for actors with anxiety, but much of her advice is useful for all. Issey has received some lovely comments from her small community of readers - some with anxiety, some looking to have a better understanding of it - who have found her words thought-provoking and helpful.

Jess - Multiplicityandme

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC8JDIEFbQejP-meo1OwI0DA

I’ve spent over 10 years vlogging my journey and recovery with Dissociative identity disorder, initially taking part in a BBC documentary (Diaries of a Broken Mind) & winning a “mind media award” for the best documentary of the year! Ever since then, our platform has helped pave the way for others to share their stories on social media to end the stigma of this condition. In that time, I graduated university with a postgrad, got married, became a mum and now work with the NHS as a mental health practitioner, showing that you can have a life after diagnosis. We’re now at the tail end of our recovery, and would be so very grateful to receive such an incredible award!

 

Kate - Love My Anxious Brain

https://www.lovemyanxiousbrain.com/

I share life advice for anxious humans and my favourite topics are social anxiety, mental health, self-care, body image anxiety and relationships. My aim is to support people so that they know they're not alone with what they're going through. Most of my advice comes from lived experience of mental illness and life issues. But I also do a lot of research and talk to other people about their experiences. I've been told I have a "storytelling" style, as I love to share personal anecdotes in my writing! So far, my most popular post is one where I talk about how it feels to be ghosted in a relationship, and how to move on and thrive after the hurt caused.

Kes Louise

@kes_t1d_SW

I am a type 1 diabetic social worker. I write about my experience of living with type 1 diabetes and being a social worker! The burn out, the assumptions, the barriers, the highs and lows - quite literally!

 

Kimberley - Keep Real

www.keepreal.co.uk

Through my Counselling degree, lived experience and the power of art and music - Keep Real is all about helping folk feel connected and opening up mental health interventions to all. From facilitating creative coping workshops, organising Keep Real live music shows with artists and musicians, to sharing stories on the podcast. So what work has Keep Real done so far? Well...here goes a few examples! - Over 350 attendees at the live music shows, collaborating with (so far!) over 20 artists and musicians. - Providing creative wellbeing workshops for the University of Leeds, NHS Leeds, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Women in Tech Festival, Cultural Institute + more. - Over 1,000 listeners on the podcast, soaking up some fantastic conversations around mental health and sharing experiences of local people. - Contributing to wellbeing projects and talks in the region, from Mind, Sky UK, The Women's Org, Twitter + more! I am also now on my way to completing my Counselling training, and within the next years I will be an accredited and qualified therapist. This will mean Keep Real as a small business and platform, will be able to offer counselling as part of the interventions work.

 

Leianne - The Not-So-Secret Diary

https://www.thenotsosecretdiary.co.uk/blog

I am transparent and open in what I write whilst trying to remain insightful and offer advice based on my own experiences. I have suffered with anxiety for as long as I can remember and have an ebook available on the homepage of my blog. I started the blog off the back of my Facebook page - Living With Panic, where I journaled publicly in real time. I started the blog last March during a very difficult period in my life. My husband left me and I was devastated. I have been through a challenging divorce which also took its toll on my mental health but my blog gave me a sense of purpose in terms of trying to help and comfort others who suffer with anxiety. I am mum to 3 wonderful kids who have been pillars of strength throughout, particularly my daughter who is 14. She wrote beautiful letter to me when I was feeling sad and low which I published on one of my posts - Anxiety vs Kids. I have also recently joined a company called Star Events Online as a volunteer producer to help secure some of the best mental health advocates to join in the conversation via podcasts and round table discussions. I am also a civil servant working part time for the medical admin department for the MOD. I enjoy upcycling furniture too and have set up my own Etsy shop (RocandLolaBespokeUK) and sold some of my very unique pieces. With every piece of furniture I upcycle, I add a hidden message of inspiration to promote mental wellbeing.

 

Marcus - Unwanted Life

UnwantedLife.Me

I write about mental health from a place of both personal and professional experience and I like to use examples of my personal experience whenever possible when writing on a topic for my blog. I became a Time to Change champion to do more to spread awareness around mental health. I also provide a page for international crisis and support lines as well as a page specifically for UK crisis and support lines. Lastly, I maintain a petitions page on my site to try and get support for mental health and disabilities causes so I can offer as much support as possible through my site to good causes.

Mark @run4mh 

www.twitter.com/run4mh 

That I have tried my very best to use my own experience of depression and anxiety to help and support others. That I am here if anyone needs to talk and that I will continue to work hard to promote greater awareness of mental health (particularly in men) and how exercise and peer support can help.

Nuzhat

nuzhatahsan.medium.com

Deep insights into mental disorders- A first step

Cara - Rainybayblog

Rainybayblog.com

A dating and body image blogger (and persistent over-sharer), Cara looks at the world from a chubby girl’s perspective, with a mission to live her life regardless of waist size or relationship status. An eating disorder survivor, her blog is filled with stories of her dating mishaps, advice on body confidence and experiences of her recovery. Cara has been featured in Now, Woman and Fabulous magazine, telling her story of recovery and her journey of acceptance (body and love life alike). Rainy Bay is a feel-good blog that explores the highs and lows of every day life & asking “what are you waiting for?”

Sam Thomas 

@sam_thomas86

 

XenaWorrierPrincess 

https://xenaworrierprincess.com/

What I hope people see when they follow me/ my blog is that I'm passionate about mental health for all, that I'm always honest in sharing my story. Showing the tough and the positive sides of the journey. That I'm not afraid to talk about the uncomfortable from suicide, to miscarriage to PTSD and toxic relationships.

Slaythestigma

@slaythestigma

Vlogger of the Year - Sponsored by Instant Counselling

Bex's Anorexia Recovery

www.bexquinlan.com

I vlog & blog to help raise awareness of eating disorders & to hopefully help and support others. By sharing my story & recovery journey, if I can help one person, it makes it all worth it.

Billy - Anxiety United

www.anxietyunited.com

The purpose of creating Anxiety United was to share my story and create as many free resources as I could, I'm super proud of how many people my platform has reached and helped.

bpdbryan

https://mobile.twitter.com/bpdbryan

I have shared my story and journey living with mental illness for a few years. The past year saw me grow in confidence and as a person, despite doing it during a pandemic.

Dave - The Mental Health Family Hour

YouTube.com/mindsetbydave

As well as making VLOG and online workshops I also host a weekly online mental health drop in chat on Twitch and have given an average of an hour a day to a different person for the last 3 years in a project called A Life A Day.

Jenni - Autertainment Autism in a nutshell

https://youtu.be/FEIW9hk20kY

I am a late diagnosed autistic female, I am passionate about advocating for my needs whilst educating others about autism.

Jess - Multiplicityandme

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC8JDIEFbQejP-meo1OwI0DA

I’ve spent over 10 years vlogging my journey and recovery with Dissociative identity disorder, initially taking part in a BBC documentary (Diaries of a Broken Mind) & winning a “mind media award” for the best documentary of the year! Ever since then, our platform has helped pave the way for others to share their stories on social media to end the stigma of this condition. In that time, I graduated university with a postgrad, got married, became a mum and now work with the NHS as a mental health practitioner, showing that you can have a life after diagnosis. We’re now at the tail end of our recovery, and would be so very grateful to receive such an incredible award!

Lucy - In The Midst Of Madness 

https://inthemidstofmadness.wordpress.com/

I try to give a very real and accurate account of what it's like to live with severe anxiety disorders, this isn't always positive and I don't necessarily post regularly due to my health issues but I do my best to raise awareness, increase understanding and reduce stigma by sharing my story as it happens. I'm very passionate about helping others and hope that blogging and vlogging about mental illness can do this.

TheReelAnna

https://www.thereelanna.com

I'm passionate about helping people learn more about who they are and how to apply that knowledge for personal growth. I talk a lot about personality because I believe it's one of the biggest ways to see how AMAZING you are. EVERYONE has a unique set of strengths and something to offer this world. As someone who has depression and anxiety, I also help others see that self-compassion, grace, and adaptation are also important parts of our journeys of growth and working toward our goals (no matter if there is mental illness present or not). A part of our growth journey (and for good mental health) is recognizing that "doing our best" means "doing our best with the time, energy, resources, and health we have IN THAT MOMENT", which can be ever-shifting and shouldn't be compared to someone else. My most viewed blog series is Letters of Encouragement, where, as you can guess, I seek to encourage others in various areas. I believe my main purpose on this earth is to "help, encourage, listen, and love."

Social Media Champion of the Year

Beth - Just a Square Peg

https://justasquarepeg.com

I would like people to know that I try to talk about my experiences with mental health and BPD in an upbeat and positive way, especially through social media (particularly Instagram reels). There’s still quite a stigma surrounding BPD so I try to use my blog to provide insight and guidance.

bpdbryan

https://mobile.twitter.com/bpdbryan

I have shared my story and journey living with mental illness for a few years. The past year saw me grow in confidence and as a person, despite doing it during a pandemic.

Cara’s Corner

www.caras-corner.com

I am passionate about raising awareness about mental health, specifically eating disorders and bipolar disorder, and I use my account to help challenge some of the misconceptions alongside sharing my own recovery in the hope that it will help others to realise they can recover too.

Deepanshi

rainonme.org

I started Rain On Me in 2018 after living with ADHD, OCD and Anxiety for more than a decade. I was looking for a safe space where I can meet people like myself and feel heard and not alone. It turned to be so much more than that. Ever since, Rain On Me has been organising and curating a peer support group to anyone needing a safe space to vent about any struggles or stresses affecting their mental health. Our social media is an extension of this safe space. I use social media to vent and share lessons from my personal experience. I also have 3 volunteers who regularly share their stories on the posts. Our aim is to make people feel safe, understood and not alone. We focus more on thoughts and emotions of our readers and are trying to build a community of self-compassion, empathy and kindness. We are trying to build gratitude for the life we have, while searching for pieces of ourselves that we may have lost along the way. Everyone is welcome.

Fighter_mummy

Fighter-mummy.com

I am a huge advocate for mental health and well-being. Having been through a year of hell when my son had cancer, I learnt the importance of talking and sharing your feelings. I wrote blogs documenting my darkest days and also my happiest.

Hayley McGregor

https://www.facebook.com/PenguinBooksTeachersPet

That I am a voice for ALL survivors of Child Sex Abuse and the plethora of mental health issues that go together to help us thrive.

Katie Phillips 

Www.kdp.coach

I want to ensure employers treat people and their mental health respectfully and compassionately. And I want employees to understand and nurture their own needs without guilt or fear. I care deeply about challenging the ways we think we have to work in order to be successful. And I want to help people to realise they are worthy and valuable irrespectively of what they are made to feel in work. I help people overcome workplace stress and fear so they can avoid the trauma I went through - burnout, anxiety and depression - and live happy, balanced lives where their mental health and wellbeing is a priority rather than an afterthought.

Kay - Healing Journey

www.kayska.com

I’m extremely passionate about spreading mental health awareness. Trying to live a healthy lifestyle and spread as much positivity and love as I possibly can, while sharing the ups and downs of mental health recovery.

 

Kay - MH Stories

www.mhstories.com

MH Stories started as ‘This Is What A Person With Mental Illness Looks Like’ a project to raise awareness as well as educate people on mental health. Doing this by sharing stories from people who have struggled/are still struggling with their mental health. I want people with mental illness to know, that no matter where they are, they are not alone. As I’ve experienced different types of mental health problems and I’m still living with them, I find that it can be extremely difficult to socialise or sometimes even just to leave the house. By knowing that there are people out there who understand and support me it makes me feel a lot less alone in this and I know that I am not the only one who feels like that.

Kimberley - Keep Real

www.keepreal.co.uk

Through my Counselling degree, lived experience and the power of art and music - Keep Real is all about helping folk feel connected and opening up mental health interventions to all. From facilitating creative coping workshops, organising Keep Real live music shows with artists and musicians, to sharing stories on the podcast. So what work has Keep Real done so far? Well...here goes a few examples! - Over 350 attendees at the live music shows, collaborating with (so far!) over 20 artists and musicians. - Providing creative wellbeing workshops for the University of Leeds, NHS Leeds, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Women in Tech Festival, Cultural Institute + more. - Over 1,000 listeners on the podcast, soaking up some fantastic conversations around mental health and sharing experiences of local people. - Contributing to wellbeing projects and talks in the region, from Mind, Sky UK, The Women's Org, Twitter + more! I am also now on my way to completing my Counselling training, and within the next years I will be an accredited and qualified therapist. This will mean Keep Real as a small business and platform, will be able to offer counselling as part of the interventions work.

Laura - Mumblebee Handmade

https://mumblebeehandmade.wordpress.com/

I may only be small in terms of following etc but I’ve personally come along way in my ability to discuss my mental illness in the open. By engaging with other like minded people on social media I have gone from being wholeheartedly ashamed of myself, to really embracing my recovery and how I can communicate with others. I began this account to speak about mental health generally and my mental illness with anonymity, but have developed friendly relationships with a lot of lovely mental health advocates and have found a wonderful community that I want to grow within. It’s even given me the confidence to open a little Etsy shop to support myself whilst I’m unable to work. My social media account has just done so much for my recovery and would love to continue doing so and use my voice with others :)

Marcus - Unwanted Life

UnwantedLife.Me

I write about mental health from a place of both personal and professional experience and I like to use examples of my personal experience whenever possible when writing on a topic for my blog. I became a Time to Change champion to do more to spread awareness around mental health. I also provide a page for international crisis and support lines as well as a page specifically for UK crisis and support lines. Lastly, I maintain a petitions page on my site to try and get support for mental health and disabilities causes so I can offer as much support as possible through my site to good causes.

Marigrace - Brain Battle Blog

https://love-brain.com

That our blog’s whole main goal is to help people with their mental health struggle through our blog!

 

Mark @run4mh 

www.twitter.com/run4mh 

That I have tried my very best to use my own experience of depression and anxiety to help and support others. That I am here if anyone needs to talk and that I will continue to work hard to promote greater awareness of mental health (particularly in men) and how exercise and peer support can help.

Robynlouise_health

https://www.instagram.com/robynlouise_health/

 

Saffron - thisissaffers

www.thisissaffers.co.uk

Mental Health has been a big part of my life, even if I didn't realise what was happening with me most of the time. For nearly six years I've been on a journey to really understand what good Mental Health is, and I'm trying to share that with as many people as possible. I'm learning to balance my anxiety, depression and PTSD everyday.

 

Sam Thomas 

@sam_thomas86

 

Slaythestigma

@slaythestigma

Blogger of the Year

A scientist called Erica

https://scientisterica.wordpress.com/

I am extremely passionate about mental health in academia, and by sharing my own experiences, and the experiences of other scientists I hope that the stigma surrounding mental health in academia can be reduced.

Aimee - I’m NOT Disordered

www.imnotdisordered.co.uk

This award will mean the world to me, my 800,000+ readers, and my mental health recovery!

 

Amber - The Winter Of My Discontent.

https://thewinterofmydiscontent.com

I write about living with ADHD and mental illness in order to advocate for change, bust stigma, educate, and create community. I am a new blogger, but my experience is not new or unique. I am trying to blog about what mental health really is while putting a human face on the experience.

 

AndyScarfmanLloyd

AndyScarfmanLloyd.wordpress.com

I blog about my recovery journey with OCD. I hope I inspire other people with OCD, that recovery and steps forward are possible.

 

Ane - Panic Mitigation Fun

https://www.buymeacoffee.com/panicfun/posts

Ane's perspective is influenced by their own experiences with anxiety, depressive and bipolar disorders and subsequent mental health treatments. Ane writes through personal experiences to humanize what living with and managing mental illness really looks like on a daily basis, in hopes to help those struggling or feeling alone in their fight.

 

Ariana - Embody Health London

www.embodyhealthlondon.com

We are on a mission to help women heal their relationship with food and their body to gain confidence, reduce anxiety around eating and feel good in their skin. As health professionals we provide evidence-based practical tips that you can include in your day all with a sprinkle of fun!

 

Ashley - GHOST IN MY BEDROOM

www.freeyourghost.com

A transparent story of recovery; my journey from depressed alcoholic and suicide survivor to irreverent CEO and advocate in less than a year.

 

Beth - Just a Square Peg

https://justasquarepeg.com

I would like people to know that I try to talk about my experiences with mental health and BPD in an upbeat and positive way, especially through social media (particularly Instagram reels). There’s still quite a stigma surrounding BPD so I try to use my blog to provide insight and guidance.

 

Beth - Stabilising Serotonin.

www.stabilisingserotonin.co.uk

Stabilising Serotonin is a UK based blog that aims to eliminate stigma, share experiences and educate. Our Contributors come from different backgrounds with their own experiences and learning around mental health, and we want to help people learn as well as support recovery. We want to be the friend we wish we had when we were having a tough time. We want people to know they are not alone in their recovery journey.

 

Bex's Anorexia Recovery

www.bexquinlan.com

I vlog & blog to help raise awareness of eating disorders & to hopefully help and support others. By sharing my story & recovery journey, if I can help one person, it makes it all worth it.

 

Cara’s Corner

www.caras-corner.com

I am passionate about raising awareness about mental health, specifically eating disorders and bipolar disorder, and I use my account to help challenge some of the misconceptions alongside sharing my own recovery in the hope that it will help others to realise they can recover too.

 

Chloe - Nyxie's Nook

www.nyxiesnook.com

I write about all types of mental health, specifically eating disorder recovery and anxiety. I also write quite a bit about stress and break up the heavy content with more light-hearted articles. You can also find content in regards to sexual health.

 

Dan - "Have You Tried Mindfulness?"

https://www.haveyoutriedmindfulness.com/

What about yoga and a bubble bath? Cup of tea? A scented candle then...

Dan - City Voices Online

cityvoicesonline.org

MISSION: To empower our peers to live full and active lives by providing information, resources and a means to participate in the community. VISION: An organized community of our peers who have experienced mental health and/or substance use challenges, who can partner with like-minded groups to fight in improving our lives.

City Voices is focused on people who find themselves in this situation by striving to reach our peers who are isolated in hospitals, prisons, jails, adult homes and other institutions with the good news that a vibrant, welcoming community awaits them. 

 

Daniel - In the Lion’s Den

Www.danielinthelionsden.com

I’m Dan - I’m a 23-year-old business student, and I also co-founded a Non-profit organisation called WrestleCares. We deliver shoeboxes of toys and merchandise to underprivileged and disabled children to help share he love of wrestling we had as children. Hopefully helping them find a role model to look up to for those who may not have one. The name, In the Lion’s Den, was an idea that relates to the origin of my name and I believe it was a rather fitting metaphor for the feeling of being trapped. It was also a tribute to my late-grandmother who graciously bestowed the name upon me. My blog has been a place of reflection on my life and I’ve had the honour of chatting with some very creative musicians and some inspiring people. I also suffer with Tourette’s Syndrome, Spinabifida occulta, OCD, and anxiety, but I will never let them take me down! 😁 Thank you for reading!

 

Devon - Loud Mouth Brown Girl

www.loudmouthbrowngirl.com

Loud Mouth Brown Girl may not "look" like your average mental health blog, but writing for this blog, sharing my journey and my experiences, saved me from committing suicide. It gave me an outlet to talk about all the things that we as women of color, and Black women don't talk about, including but not limited to, mental health.

 

Diary of an anxious Dad

Www.diaryofananxiousdad.co.uk

I have created a platform in my local area that gives people courage to speak out, I find speaking out the hardest part of accepting mental health issues so taking that first step is the hardest part done, creating a path towards acceptance. I tell my story to enlighten those who need to tell theirs.

 

Divamumsteph

https://divamumsteph.com/

I’m a 32 year old mum of one with a second child on the way. I’ve suffered with my mental health since the age of 13 and in the last 5 years have blogged and written publications for online and print magazines raising awareness for better mental health. I often blog about the effects chronic illnesses and parenting have on mental health and I believe in being open and transparent to let other sufferers know they aren’t alone.

 

Ellen, Luminous Leanings

Luminousleanings.com

Self care is for everyone. It's planting the seeds of worthiness that grow into sovereignty, self trust, and ultimately divinity.

 

Emily's Eyes Explore

www.emilyseyesexplore.com

m a twenty-something, coffee-loving traveller from London. I’ve been backpacking the world since September 2nd, 2018, after finally being diagnosed with Depression and Anxiety. Determined to change my life and mentality around, I moved to Spain for two months to learn Spanish, flew to South America, travelled around India, explored Malaysia, ventured around SE Asia and started life in Australia before flying back to London to spend some downtime with family. My next trip will be post COVID, hopefully flying back to Australia before I continue onwards to New Zealand but all in good time. As part of my ongoing trip, I blog to raise awareness of travelling solo as a female who suffers from mental health issues, so in years to come I’ve got something fun and truthful to look back on – show the grandkids and all that jazz. I depict the highs and lows which are not often portrayed on social media as a solo female backpacker. It is my hope that people in the same position will be able to relate to the stories I open up about and in turn feel less lonely and isolated as I share thoughts, feelings and emotions along this journey, as well as providing tips to fellow travellers, with or without mental health problems, to make your adventures easier to organise. I hope you have as much fun catching up with me on my journey as I have had writing about it.

encouraging emily

Encouraging Emily

Www.encouragingemily.com

Because once I get my blogging up to date I want people to read my words be renowned with hope inspired and encouraged

Erin - Hope and Awareness

www.hopeandawareness.Wordpress.com

Recovery blogs gave me the first glimpse of hope that I could recover, over 9 years ago. I’m now training as a therapist in hope to give back, both offline and online, too.

 

Fighter_mummy

Fighter-mummy.com

I am a huge advocate for mental health and well-being. Having been through a year of hell when my son had cancer, I learnt the importance of talking and sharing your feelings. I wrote blogs documenting my darkest days and also my happiest.

 

Hayley's blog

https://www.hayleytwheeler.co.uk

My name is Hayley Wheeler, after a successful battle with depression I created EmotionMind Dynamic programme and developed a passion to help others who find themselves struggling with their mental health. My focus is on Self Knowledge is a Super Power, the more you know about yourself the better able you are to make better decisions about your life, health and relationships. I love to share insight, my own experience, my journey, my learning to help as many people as possible.

 

Ian Ogonji

https://ianogonji.com

I am a prolific writer with keen interest in mental health and day-to-day life occurrences.

 

inmywords

inmywords.co.uk

I have lived for 13 years with mental illness. I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and have spent more than six years sectioned and detained. At the moment, I am a resident at a rehabilitation unit in Stockport where I have lived for nearly three years.

 

Issey Walton

www.isseywalton.wordpress.com/blog

Issey has experienced social anxiety and shyness her whole life. For a long time, she let it hold her back. However, she had always dreamt of being an actor, and found that pursuing this goal helped her gain control over her anxiety - at least to a certain extent. On her blog, Issey shares her experiences with anxiety with raw truthfulness, and she hopes that it resonates with others dealing with similar struggles. She also attempts to confront common misconceptions that surround both shyness and anxiety, and encourages people to not let their anxiety get in the way of their goals. Her advice is never one-size-fits-all or patronising, and she really hopes that she can make a difference, even if it's just to one person. She has a particular focus on writing for actors with anxiety, but much of her advice is useful for all. Issey has received some lovely comments from her small community of readers - some with anxiety, some looking to have a better understanding of it - who have found her words thought-provoking and helpful.

 

Jason - Orthorexia Bites

https://www.orthorexiabites.com/

I've held nothing back in launching my blog; however, this is not about me. I hope my story will help inspire and empower others.

 

Jayceepassionblog

https://jayceepassionblog.com

I'm a mental health/ lifestyle blogger and mental health professional with 18 years nursing experience. I’m passionate about mental health and well-being of the society. My vision is to use my platform to promote mental health awareness especially in our community where mental illness stigma remain prevalent. Also to educate and support people on how to maintain their mental health wellbeing and signpost them to relevant services where they can get support. It will be an honour to support the work I do.

Jeff - Afro Mental Health

afromentalhealth.wordpress.com

I am a photographer, video maker, blogger, guide and mental health campaigner. I work closely with tech, tech savvy folks, academia, NGO world and social media to raise awareness and resources on mental health. I have always be a person who motivates others, as a teenage filmmaker growing up in Nairobi, I made films that inspired people. When I suffered a Psychosis I thought that was the end of me, but it's now 3 years of working hard to change stereotypes and advocating for better mental health in Kenya.

Jonathan - The Road To Mental Wellness

theroadtomentalwellness.com

I created The Road To Mental Wellness after I became too ill with PTSD, anxiety and depression. Along my journey, I have told my story whenever the topic of mental health comes up. Surprisingly, I would almost always have someone approach me after hearing me talk about my long battle with mental illness. They would say things like, "Thank you for talking out loud about your depression, I have been suffering for years and am too scared to even go get help, little lone bring it up." Being a life-long helper, Firefighter, counsellor and long-term care worker, I couldn't just sit idly by when people were terrified to talk about their own inner turmoil. So, ever since going on Workers Compensation, I have dedicated my good days to trying to make a difference in any away I can, My blog is but one of many..... thank you

 

Katie Phillips 

Www.kdp.coach

I want to ensure employers treat people and their mental health respectfully and compassionately. And I want employees to understand and nurture their own needs without guilt or fear. I care deeply about challenging the ways we think we have to work in order to be successful. And I want to help people to realise they are worthy and valuable irrespectively of what they are made to feel in work. I help people overcome workplace stress and fear so they can avoid the trauma I went through - burnout, anxiety and depression - and live happy, balanced lives where their mental health and wellbeing is a priority rather than an afterthought.

 

Kay - Healing Journey

www.kayska.com

I’m extremely passionate about spreading mental health awareness. Trying to live a healthy lifestyle and spread as much positivity and love as I possibly can, while sharing the ups and downs of mental health recovery.

 

Kay - MH Stories

www.mhstories.com

MH Stories started as ‘This Is What A Person With Mental Illness Looks Like’ a project to raise awareness as well as educate people on mental health. Doing this by sharing stories from people who have struggled/are still struggling with their mental health. I want people with mental illness to know, that no matter where they are, they are not alone. As I’ve experienced different types of mental health problems and I’m still living with them, I find that it can be extremely difficult to socialise or sometimes even just to leave the house. By knowing that there are people out there who understand and support me it makes me feel a lot less alone in this and I know that I am not the only one who feels like that.

 

kaylebsblog

https://kaylebsblog.wordpress.com/

We're glad to let you know that Kaylebs Thought focuses on creating a world of differences through graphical representations in helping adolescents and adult as well as organizations understand themselves on how to deal with modern day challenges in mental health around the world through analysis, consultation and Research

 

Kevin - SoMeNa

www.SoMeNa.ie

By supporting us you will be raising the profile of our initiative which we hope will help people directly & indirectly with their mental health...

 

Leianne The Not-So-Secret Diary

https://www.thenotsosecretdiary.co.uk/blog

I am transparent and open in what I write whilst trying to remain insightful and offer advice based on my own experiences. I have suffered with anxiety for as long as I can remember and have an ebook available on the homepage of my blog. I started the blog off the back of my Facebook page - Living With Panic, where I journaled publicly in real time. I started the blog last March during a very difficult period in my life. My husband left me and I was devastated. I have been through a challenging divorce which also took its toll on my mental health but my blog gave me a sense of purpose in terms of trying to help and comfort others who suffer with anxiety. I am mum to 3 wonderful kids who have been pillars of strength throughout, particularly my daughter who is 14. She wrote beautiful letter to me when I was feeling sad and low which I published on one of my posts - Anxiety vs Kids. I have also recently joined a company called Star Events Online as a volunteer producer to help secure some of the best mental health advocates to join in the conversation via podcasts and round table discussions. I am also a civil servant working part time for the medical admin department for the MOD. I enjoy upcycling furniture too and have set up my own Etsy shop (RocandLolaBespokeUK) and sold some of my very unique pieces. With every piece of furniture I upcycle, I add a hidden message of inspiration to promote mental wellbeing.

 

Lis and Lottie (Alicia and Charlotte)

https://lisandlottie.wixsite.com/website

We are a new blog, set up by two qualified midwives with mental health problems. We set it up because we have had so many colleagues and students being scared to open up about mental illness because of the fear it will make others think they aren't fit to do the job. We cover general mental health and also perinatal mental health (lottie has recently had a baby). We are trying to break the stigma of health professionals always being "fine", because in reality, most have struggled at some point in their lives.

 

Louise Love your mYind

https://loveyourmyind.com/

Lucy - In The Midst Of Madness 

https://inthemidstofmadness.wordpress.com/

I try to give a very real and accurate account of what it's like to live with severe anxiety disorders, this isn't always positive and I don't necessarily post regularly due to my health issues but I do my best to raise awareness, increase understanding and reduce stigma by sharing my story as it happens. I'm very passionate about helping others and hope that blogging and vlogging about mental illness can do this.

 

Mandy - Thoughts on life and love

https://www.thoughtsonlifeandlove.com

I have suffered from depression and anxiety (and chronic illness) in my life and I wanted to understand my issues and find ways to deal with them. This is why I became a therapist. Therapy definitely helps but I am not immune to life's challenges... I continue to learn and explore better ways to provide better therapeutic techniques for myself and others. I created my blog to share my discoveries and experiences.

 

Marc - Diary of an anxious Dad

Www.diaryofananxiousdad.co.uk

I have helped hundreds of people speak out by talking about my troubles on my website

 

Marcus - Unwanted Life

UnwantedLife.Me

I write about mental health from a place of both personal and professional experience and I like to use examples of my personal experience whenever possible when writing on a topic for my blog. I became a Time to Change champion to do more to spread awareness around mental health. I also provide a page for international crisis and support lines as well as a page specifically for UK crisis and support lines. Lastly, I maintain a petitions page on my site to try and get support for mental health and disabilities causes so I can offer as much support as possible through my site to good causes.

 

Marie - Empowering Your Mind

https://powerfulpatients.org/2020/03/24/practicing-self-care-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-how-to-mind-your-mental-health-and-well-being-during-covid-19/

As a breast cancer survivor, I’ve transformed my cancer experience into advocating for and empowering patients. I have a passion for embedding the patient voice in the heart of healthcare values and also wrote the award-winning blog Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer (https://journeyingbeyondbreastcancer.com). I’m a Stanford Medicine X e-Patient scholar, internationally recognized keynote speaker, writer, and consultant on global trends in patient engagement, digital health and participatory medicine. I’m also a board member of the Patient Empowerment Foundation, a network of people, foundations, organizations and medical institutions dedicated to empowering patients worldwide. Thank you for your consideration for this award.

 

Marigrace - Brain Battle Blog

https://love-brain.com

That our blog’s whole main goal is to help people with their mental health struggle through our blog!

 

Max Mental Health Affairs: The Final Solution to the Mental Health Crisis

https://mentalhealthaffairs.blog/

I would like people voting for me to know that my nomination is the next step to bringing a worldwide final solution to the mental health crisis.

 

Minds Anonymous

www.mindsanonymous.com

Minds Anonymous provides a safe space to share your mental health stories completely anonymously. By increasing the understanding of mental health conditions we hope to abolish stigma. A powerful story can change a life. Let us share yours. Our Beliefs: Minds Anonymous is an initiative set up to end the stigma that surrounds mental health, offer support to those that suffer and increase understanding of common and uncommon mental health conditions. By sharing stories of real life mental health experiences, we aim to prove that managing mental health is simply part of being human. We may face individual challenges, but by learning about each other, we are in a stronger place to support one another. We have had nearly 6000 website hits from all over the world since launching in October 2020 and 34 stories of mental health experiences from individuals and supporting articles from our professional partners. 

Nuzhat

nuzhatahsan.medium.com

Deep insights into mental disorders- A first step

 

Priyanka - Sanity daily

https://www.sanitydaily.com/

That I aim to raise maximum mental health awareness through my blogs and videos. I want to beat the stigmas and shame surrounding mental health and the only way to do it is by talking about it.

 

Cara - Rainybayblog

Rainybayblog.com

A dating and body image blogger (and persistent over-sharer), Cara looks at the world from a chubby girl’s perspective, with a mission to live her life regardless of waist size or relationship status. An eating disorder survivor, her blog is filled with stories of her dating mishaps, advice on body confidence and experiences of her recovery. Cara has been featured in Now, Woman and Fabulous magazine, telling her story of recovery and her journey of acceptance (body and love life alike). Rainy Bay is a feel-good blog that explores the highs and lows of every day life & asking “what are you waiting for?”

 

Samantha - Challenging Anxiety Together

http://www.challenginganxietytogether.wordpress.com/

Challenging Anxiety Together is about normalising the conversations around anxiety and mental health and sharing my journey. The ‘challenging’ reference is about not letting your anxiety or mental health define you, but challenging it! Standing strong, picking yourself up and fighting each day. The ‘together’ reference is about letting people know my journey and allowing others to read and relate so they know they are not alone.

 

The Growing Butterfly

http://thegrowingbutterfly.com

The Growing Butterfly is here to encourage everyone to value themselves for exactly who they are, where they are today and to be compassionate towards themselves as they are always worthy of kindness and love no matter what my be happening. I hope to help share a message of hope and unity which is that we all human; we all go through highs and lows, we all feel every emotion, we are all forever changing, learning and growing through what we go through. The more we connect and communicate with each other the stronger we become together and also for ourselves.

 

The Reel Anna

https://www.thereelanna.com

I'm passionate about helping people learn more about who they are and how to apply that knowledge for personal growth. I talk a lot about personality because I believe it's one of the biggest ways to see how AMAZING you are. EVERYONE has a unique set of strengths and something to offer this world. As someone who has depression and anxiety, I also help others see that self-compassion, grace, and adaptation are also important parts of our journeys of growth and working toward our goals (no matter if there is mental illness present or not). A part of our growth journey (and for good mental health) is recognizing that "doing our best" means "doing our best with the time, energy, resources, and health we have IN THAT MOMENT", which can be ever-shifting and shouldn't be compared to someone else. My most viewed blog series is Letters of Encouragement, where, as you can guess, I seek to encourage others in various areas. I believe my main purpose on this earth is to "help, encourage, listen, and love."

 

Tsvetty - mentalhealthmemo

https://www.mentalhealthmemo.com/

Mental health has been my world and my passion long before I ever started my blog and channel. At age 11 I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Depression and was seeing a psychiatrist for intensive therapy 2 times a week. During this time, I had never felt so ashamed, uncomfortable, vulnerable, and lonely. This was 10 years ago, and at that time mental health was still incredibly taboo. Nobody my age had my problems and I couldn't help but feel completely alone in my experience. Through all my hard work in therapy and through wisdom gained as one ages, I started to get angry. Angry that I ever felt that alone. Angry that the adults in my life weren't able to support me properly. This is around the time I decided to pursue Social Work as my career. I had decided that I would not be idle in the transformation that needed to happen around mental health awareness, and that regardless of age, I did not want anyone to feel the way I did at the beginning of my journey. So, I dedicated myself to a career in Social Work and Psychology so I could understand the practioner end of mental health and its services, and then combined my experience as a mental health patient to create my blog and channel. I wanted these platforms to be a safe space where people could get educated about mental health, different ways of coping, factors that play into wellbeing, and much more. All of my work is grounded in actual theories and practices being used by mental health professionals, as well as my own personal experiences. While I'm still new to the blogging world, the smallest impact I have made has filled my heart with so much joy, and I have so much knowledge that I cannot wait to share with everyone as I continue to grow!

Vicky Williams - The Looneychick Blog

https://www.looneychickblog.co.uk

I'm an award-winning mental health blogger who looks into mental health issues across the UK and reviews helpful mindfulness and fitness products. My aim is to inform and educate people about mental health as well as let them know about my personal challenges.

 

Zoë Ayres, Marissa Edwards, Emily King, Daniel Random, Syreeta Nolan Voices of Academia

Https://voicesofacademia.com

In academia, mental health is rarely discussed, despite the high incidence of mental health concerns from undergrad all the way through to professorial level. The Voices of Academia blog is an international collaboration to capture the mental health experiences of academics, highlighting that we are not alone, and giving individuals a voice. Topics covered have ranged from building resilience, to experiencing bullying, to managing depression and anxiety throughout academia. Voices of Academia aims to highlight that there is much more work we need to do to support the individuals generating the ideas of tomorrow.