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 the month of June is jtjt_4862!
jtjt_4862 has been nominated for their continuous efforts to check in with community members while engaging with others in a friendly and respectful manner. Thank you for taking the time to connect and support others jtjt_4862!
Our Valued Contributor for the month of July is Lillylane!
Lillylane has been nominated for actively welcoming members to the forums while taking the time to listen to others journeys and nurture connections within the community. Thank you for all of your support Lillylane!
Our Valued Contributor for the month of September is ‘mmMekitty’ !
mmMekitty has been nominated for creating a friendly space across the forums for others to join in and share their journey. mmMekitty also makes sure that others feel validated as well as appreciated for their contributions on the forums. Thank you mmMekitty!
On The Road has been nominated for always checking in on other community members and approaching conversations with a high level of empathy, while offering honest insights about how they coped with their own mental health challenges. Thank you On The Road!
Our Valued Contributor for the month of November is ‘Mishmo’!
Mishmo has been nominated for role modelling to others the importance of embracing one’s unique self and having agency over how one chooses to manage their mental wellbeing. Thank you Mishmo, for listening without judgement and sharing your own lived experience to support others with their coping, recovery, and wellness.
Our Valued Contributor for the month of March is ‘yggdrasil’!
Yggdrasil has been nominated for offering genuine peer support across the community, taking the time to reflect on someone's journey while remaining curious about what resources and or ways of coping will be supportive to one's wellbeing. Thank you yggdrasil!