Now that the TWIM Awards are over, I started thinking. This is fine for bloggers. But what about tweeters? There’s a lot of good-quality mental health discussion on Twitter, and it deserves recognising too.
So, I hereby announce the #TwentalHealthAwards, recognising the best in mental health-themed Twitter accounts. And the winners will be chosen by you lot.
The categories are different to the TWIM Awards, in that they’re not linked to diagnostic categories. Some people have given feedback that they felt uncomfortable with categorisation along these lines, so this will give as an opportunity to try out other ways of categorising.
The categories are:
Professions Allied to Medicine Occupational Therapy [this category has been retitled as there was considerable confusion as to what is or isn't a profession allied to medicine. OT tweeters previously voted for in this category will still be counted.]
Here’s how to do it:
1. Submit your nominations by leaving them in a comment to the blog post announcing nominations (ie. this). Each individual can nominate up to four Twitter feeds per category, in as many categories as they like. However, they must submit at least two tweeter overall for nomination.
2. For impartiality reasons, my own Twitter feed @thus_spake_z, and that of this blog @TWOM_Blog and my other blog @NotSoBigSociety, are not eligible for these awards (obviously neither is Pandora’s @serialinsomniac, but she does not use it for actual discussion these days anyway).
3. NO SPAMMING/MANIPULATING THE NOMINATIONS! Suspicious nomination patterns may result in a tweeter being disqualified from the awards. In the event of any suspicious nomination patterns, the decision of the adjudicators (Zarathustra and Pandora) will be final.
4. The tweeters with the most nominations in each category will be declared the winner. Up to two runner-up prizes in each category will also be awarded. To be eligible for a runner-up prize, a Twitter feed must have received at least three nominations.
5. In the event of a tie, one of the adjudicators will cast a deciding vote.
6. Only public Twitter accounts are eligible for the awards.
7. You cannot nominate your own Twitter feed.
8. You can nominate a feed in more than one category (e.g. if you think a tweeter is both “subversive” and “helpful” you can nominate them in both). This would only not be the case if a feed bears no relation to the category title (e.g. nominating a tweeter for “nursing” if their content was nothing to do with nursing). In the event of any confusion on this, the adjudicators will make a final decision.
9. Winners will be announced on Sunday 13th January.