13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media and digital channels, campaigns, websites and applications. The early deadline is on December 3rd, 2020.

From the 4th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards

GLAD I took part

Gold Distinction in Mental Health

About this entry

Mental health treatments are prescribed more than ever before but currently only 50% of patients respond. Mental health research is needed to improve care but is greatly limited by access to volunteers.

To combat this, the NIHR Mental Health BioResource for Depression and Anxiety was set up to provide a database of contactable research volunteers. Traditional recruitment methods had only identified patients in the hundreds, as opposed to the thousands needed to advance scientific understanding.

Could a multi-media, integrated campaign, engaging with patients directly, change this?

Campaign objectives:

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Ahead of developing the media strategy, research was conducted with key stakeholders:

GLAD Strategy

The ‘NIHR Mental Health BioResource’ database wasn’t the most enticing title for patients and social media.

We connected the science to real people from diverse backgrounds who could share their altruistic motivators.

We identified and enlisted celebrities, influencers and advocacy groups to act as media spokespeople, mindful of representation.

We reached a diverse demographic by engaging a wide range of media (newspapers, magazines, broadcast and medical).

We reinforced the campaign through social media and digital marketing.




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Four Communications, King's College London


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the 13th annual shorty awards for brands and organizations is open for entries! Regular deadline is on February 6th, 2021