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.

From the 5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Best in Mental Health

This award honors a program, project or initiative that spreads awareness about mental health topics. Eligible work may include: providing resources and support to those affected, educational campaigns, advocacy initiatives, and more.

See previous winners and honorees here.


Seize the Awkward: “Whatever Gets You Talking”
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young adults, and nearly 20% of young Americans struggle with mental illness. Proactive support from friends has proven to be one of the most successful ways to help at-risk youth. Young adulthood is a critical time in a person’s life when they may experience stress from multiple life changes like l…
Comedy Central's #AloneTogether: Mental Health Awareness Month
In keeping with our commitment to drive culture change on mental health, Comedy Central put this critical issue center stage throughout May for Mental Health Month -- and even more critically, in light of the COVID-19 crisis and its effects on social and emotional health.
The Secret Life of Lele Pons
The objective of The Secret Life of Lele Pons was to show a more serious side as she opens up to the world about her life long struggle with OCD & Tourettes among other mental health conditions and how she can be a beacon of light to show others with the same struggles that they are not alone.
MTV Teen Code on Mental Health
MTV is in a unique position to harness its expansive library of IP to create new digital series — and reimagine iconic franchises — for a new generation of mobile-first audiences. The network has both reimagined classic formats, such as “Cribs” and “Girl Code” on Snapchat, while also creating digital series for the platform that are tethered to id…


Disruptivate Racial Inequity & Mental Health Trauma Summit
The last several months have been marked by social isolation as a result of COVID-19 and social unrest due to heightened awareness and intolerance of racism and inequality in our country. Cricket Wireless has long believed forming meaningful, positive connections with our youth are essential but, considering today’s current climate, it’s more critical than …
LG Discover Your Happy
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents age 12-17 in the United States. Research from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America also shows that one in four children are affected by anxiety disorders; these youth are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on importa…
In 2017 we developed a program aligned with LG’s CSR vision of cooperating toward a better, happier life.  We chase happiness every day, but what does it mean to be happy?  Experts define happiness in a number of ways, including the ability to consistently recognize that life’s good, even if it’s hard sometimes. For many American teens, life can be pretty h…
Despite millions of people around the world suffering from mental health disorders there lingers outdated stigma, fear, and silence surrounding it. This is a huge barrier to effective treatment, allowing people to build better lives. Awareness has never been more vital than now, particularly with COVID-19 and the worldwide feeling of unease that’s created a…
Our Happy Divorce Social Media Growth Strategy
Our Happy Divorce (OHD) is empowering and inspiring people to think differently about family dynamics: divorce, co-parenting, step-parenting, and what it means to put kids first. Nikki DeBartolo and Ben Heldfond share their journey, inspiring parents to set aside their egos and create healthier, happier post-divorce families. Though their marriage has been …
Reach Dr Beach
ReachDrBeach.com and Mental Reality were developed to promote mental wellness and create a safe space where all mental health topics could be covered in an open and honest way. Mental health is often approached from a very clinical perspective, but Dr. Beach wanted to offer a different platform and mindset by talking to real people — those who have first-ha…
Silent No More - Giving Voice to Mental Illness
Our Better World (OBW) is the digital storytelling initiative of the Singapore International Foundation that tells stories across Asia to inspire people online to take action and create a positive impact in the world. At OBW, we create specific series so you can dive deeper into a single cause, topic or issue. Our Mental Health Series is entitled Silent …
Verizon Media Champions Mental Health During COVID-19
Verizon Media is a leader in innovation, content and commerce. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became immediately apparent that there was a new challenge for individuals looking to maintain their physical wellness. However, many overlooked the importance of also caring for their mental and emotional well-being. The abrupt shift in work-life balanc…
staying in with philosophy
philosophy’s hope & grace initiative represents philosophy’s unending commitment to support mental health and wellbeing. Through the initiative, every philosophy product sold helps support community-based mental health efforts with financial grants focused on empowering women through the prevention and treatment of related issues. Since 2014, philosophy has…

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