There’s been a bit of a delay in doing this, because I’ve been on holiday, but having recently hosted the TWIM Awards for mental health blogging and the #TwentalHealthAwards for mental health tweeting, it’s now time to open up the floor to feedback on what went well and what didn’t. The hope is that your feedback will inform how these awards are done next year.
Just to get the debates going, here’s a few thoughts from me, for people to agree or disagree with, or elaborate on, or point and laugh at.
1. The TWIM Awards has been going for a few years now. This year we did it slightly differently in that rather than simply a straight vote, we had a nominations round which then went to a judging panel. The #Twentalhealthawards was in its first year of running, and was done on a straight vote. Did people have any views on the two different ways of doing it?
2. The two awards also had two different ways of organising the categories. The TWIM Awards took a fairly “medical model” approach, grouping the blogs along roughly diagnostic criteria (e.g. “Personality Disorder”, “Mood Disorder”, “Anxiety, Stress or Trauma”. By comparison the #Twentalhealthawards used categories like “informative”, “helpful”, “recovery”. The diagnostic approach of the TWIM Awards can be problematic at times – particularly in terms of categorising blogs by people with more than one diagnosis, who feel concerned about being overly identified with their diagnosis, who disagree with their diagnosis, or indeed disagree with the medical model altogether. On the other hand, the “patient experience” category in the #Twentalhealthawards wound up getting very crowded, and breaking it down along diagnostic lines did enable more awards for first-person accounts of different mental health conditions.
3. Although the #Twentalhealthawards went fairly smoothly, given that it was the first time it was run, one category that did run into problems was “professions allied to medicine”. This is a term that refers to professions such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, radiographers, dietitians – basically the myriad assorted healthcare professions that aren’t doctors, nurses, dentists or pharmacists. Unfortunately I forgot that while it might seem obvious to someone like myself who works in healthcare, it might not be so obvious to someone who doesn’t. As a result there was a lot of confusion and there were nominations in this category for nurses, police officers, academics and other professions that wouldn’t normally be considered a PAM. Hence this category got changed to “occupational therapy” which is the PAM you’re most likely to meet in a mental health context.
4. One thing I probably think we need to sort out for next year is the system of voting by leaving a comment. I’m not entirely comfortable with the non-anonymous nature of doing it that way. The reason it’s been done in this manner is mostly down to a lack of website-building geek-fu on my part, rather than any suggestion that it’s somehow the best way of doing it.
So, over to you guys. What are your thoughts?