Nominate a Valued Contributor here
As a community that operates on the principle of 'give support to receive support', we have many members posting here who go above and beyond to reach out to others who are struggling. Some of these wonderful members have chosen to formally volunteer their time by becoming part of our community champion programme, but there are also many others posting daily and having a positive impact on the lives of our 100,000+ monthly visitors and members.
The 'Valued Contributor' badge is our small way of recognising those members to say thanks for their ongoing support of others, and we're inviting the community to contact the moderation team with nominations for members that you feel should be recognised and acknowledged for their efforts.
We will announce a new Valued Contributor on the 1st of each month, to give us time to review nominees' posts over a period of time.
With only one Valued Contributor nomination considered for each month, we realise that some members providing wonderful support might feel overlooked. We would encourage you to use the Bouquet For Pearls thread to provide encouragement and thanks to members who you see providing great support for others.
Prospective nominees may have been on our forums for some time, or may be relatively new. They may have posted frequently, or only occasionally. What's important is their impact on others and in the community. We will review the posts of all nominees against our five community values:
Supportive - We encourage our members to give and receive support, sharing their stories and experiences in times of distress and wellness.
Respectful - We respect where members are on their recovery journey, and listen without judgment.
Empowering - We empower our members to make decisions that support good mental health and wellbeing.
Safe - We support our members to talk openly about difficult subjects in a safe manner.
Friendly - We approach all our discussions with kindness, warmth and always assume the best intentions.
We will also take into account consistent support for others, and an understanding/respect for our community rules.
We look forward to receiving your nominations.
UPDATED: 2 July 2018
Our valued contributor for February is PamelaR.
Pamela took it upon herself to start a Sharing strategies to help with PTSD thread, and has been leading this discussion thoughtfully for the last few weeks. She has generously shared her own experiences and tips, while also providing support for others.
Our valued contributor for March is Peppermintbach.
Pepper has been a member of the forums for a little over eight months, and has consistently reached out to provide support for new members, in addition to supporting our regulars. More recently, Pepper has also helped to grow our new Multicultural Experiences section with some very thoughtful posts and threads.
Thank you Pepper!
Our valued contributor for April is Summer Rose.
Summer has consistently reached out to provide support for dozens of new members over the past month, and also created and led a thoughtful discussion on the role of women as carers for International Women's Day.
Thank you Summer Rose!
Our valued contributor for May is Chloe_M.
Since joining the forums in March, Chloe has made over 500 posts, many of them in support of others who are struggling, while also working through struggles of her own. She has also consistently reached out to new members to make them feel heard and welcome.
Thank you Chloe!
Ggrand joined the forums a little over a year ago, and during her time here has started many thoughtful discussions about managing mental health and wellbeing, including Grounding yourself and PETS. She provides a lot of support to new members, and her mindful descriptions of daily activity have provided peace, comfort and joy to many.
Thank you Grandy!
Stormcloudz joined the forums in August, and has been recognised by a number of members in our long-running Bouquet thread for providing outstanding support across a wide number of threads, including some of the more challenging areas of the forums such as Suicidal Thoughts & Self Harm, and PTSD & Trauma.
Thank you Stormcloudz!
Our valued contributor for August is Terry73.
Terry73 joined the forums just under a month ago and has already achieved legendary 110 posts. Terry73 has been providing outstanding support to their forum peers and has taken to the community like a fish to water!
Thank you Terry!
Birdy77 is incredibly caring and provides genuine and heartfelt support consistently and is a truly empowering voice for their forum peers.
Thanks for your kindness Birdy77, it's a pleasure to have you as part of the forum community!
therising has been absolutely outstanding in their contribution to the community over the past months and we are so appreciative of the level of support and advice they are able to give to their peers here on the forum.
Thanks for making a difference here at Beyond Blue therising!