This is a bit of a behind-the-times post as fatigue has kept me from writing sooner. However, there’s lots of exciting news to share, all concerning awards for bloggers.
First of all, congratulations to Pandora of Confessions of a Serial Insomniac and to Beckie0 for their success at the Mind Media Awards! If you’re not familiar with Pandora already, she writes a great blog about complex mental health problems and psychotherapy in the wake of child sexual abuse, which earned her the Mark Hanson New Media Award. Meanwhile, Beckie won the Speaking Out award for her video diaries about trichotillomania, a condition I also live with. It’s wonderful to see two very good bloggers/vloggers being recognised by one of the UK’s biggest mental health charities. Well done to you both! The complete list of award winners is available on Mind’s website.
Secondly, I’m pleased to announce that nominations/votes are now open for the 2011 This Week in Mentalists awards – and that I’ve been nominated for an award in the Best Mood Disorder Blog category. These are awards for the best mental health blogs on the internet, whether written by patients or professionals (there’s also a Mental Health Cartoon category). Nominating is essentially the same thing as voting – you can name up to three blogs in each category that you’d like to win, whether these have been nominated before or not – and the votes will close at midday GMT on 31 December. If you’d like to support me or any other blog(s), please do head over there and vote.
Finally, the wonderful Char48 of Learning to be Still has given me a Liebster Blog award. Char says, “Moon Tree just comes across as totally lovely and very determined. I’ve learned a lot from her.” Awww, thank you! The idea behind the Liebster award is that when you receive one, you pass it on to five of your favourite blogs which have less than 200 followers. This is my second Liebster so I’m not sure what the etiquette is, but since I’ve discovered some great new blogs since June, I’ve decided to give the award to another five blogs. (You can see the original five here.) So, in alphabetical order:
- aardvarkinpyjamas writes about her experiences of bipolar disorder, interspersed with random facts about aardvarks. Her Meet the Aardvark page is especially worth a read.
- Eliza is… discusses psychotherapy, dissociation and childhood trauma, particularly bullying and emotional abuse. I find it helpful (though also sad) that Eliza seems to have a similar background to me.
- Trich Questions is a thought-provoking blog about depression, poetry and – you guessed it – trich. Recent posts include a persuasive argument for being open and honest about mental health problems in the workplace.
- What It Takes To Be Me is written by an abuse survivor and convert to Judaism who is in thrice-weekly analytic therapy. In the author’s own words, it’s “best enjoyed with a cup of tea and a spoonful of courage”.
- Zee Aitch Bully writes about depression and CBT. She’s also a landscape architect and shares lots of beautiful photos on her blog. Once you’ve looked at her post from 11 December, I defy you to say that Ipswich is shit.
That’s all from me… until I find the energy and inclination to write about my own mental health again.
Edited to add: that I do know aardvarkinpyjamas very well personally, so it’s possible I may be biased about how awesome her blog is. You’ll have to check it out for yourselves and see.