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Welcome to the Mental Elf

Does this look familiar?

This website will help you find just what you need to keep up-to-date with all of the important and reliable mental health research and guidance.

You don’t have to waste time looking at dozens of websites and articles every week.

Our team of mental health experts post updates every day with short and snappy summaries that highlight evidence-based publications relevant to mental health practice in the UK and further afield.

You can be the first to hear about key guidance, systematic reviews and high quality research and information.

No jargon, no misinformation, no spin, just what you need.

Who started the Mental Elf?

The blog was started by André Tomlin in May 2011. André’s an Information Scientist and has worked in mental health since the late nineties, formerly at the University of Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Mental Health and since 2002 as MD of Minervation Ltd an evidence-based healthcare consultancy based in Oxford.

After  2 very successful years of blogging as the Mental Elf, André has invited colleagues to join him as contributors to the site. It’s great to involve a wide range of people in this venture, to bring in a fresh perspective and their considerable knowledge and clinical experience.

Who writes for the Mental Elf?

Do you have an elf in you, fighting to get out?

Click on the little pointy eared fella to find out more about writing for the Mental Elf

  1. Clive Adams, Chair of Mental Health Services Research and Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group at the University of Nottingham
  2. Eva Alisic, Psychologist and Research Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia
  3. Rachel Allan, Practice Leader for The Royal Mencap Society
  4. Steve Appleton, Managing Director, Contact Consulting
  5. Douglas Badenoch, Director of Minervation Ltd
  6. John Baker, Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester
  7. Amy Broadbent, Research Assistant, Cambridge
  8. Martin Brunet, GP from the Binscombe Medical Centre
  9. Lisa Burscheidt, Assistant Librarian at North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  10. Sarah Carr, Senior Research Analyst at the Social Care Institute for Excellence
  11. Brant Cebulla, Development Director for the Vitamin D Council in California, USA
  12. Emma Cernis, Research Assistant, Oxford
  13. Paul Christiansen, Lecturer at the University of Liverpool
  14. Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling, School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
  15. Ioana Cristea, Senior Assistant Professor at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and a Research Fellow at the University of Pisa, Italy
  16. Ian Cummins, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Salford
  17. Norah Essali, Medical student, University of Kalamoon, Syria
  18. Matt Field, Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool
  19. Meg Fluharty, Research Assistant, Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  20. Suzi Gage, PhD Epidemiologist at the University of Liverpool & Blogger at the Guardian Science Network
  21. Amy Green, Academic Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol
  22. Amanda Harris, Psychologist and Director of the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network
  23. Helge Hasselmann, Research Masters Student in Clinical and Cognitive Neurosciences at Maastricht University
  24. Simon Hatcher, Full Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa
  25. Jessamy Hibberd, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
  26. Mark Horowitz, Training Psychiatrist from Australia who is completing a PhD at King’s College London
  27. Maxine Howard, PhD student at University College London
  28. Liz Hughes, Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Research Group, University of York
  29. Alex Jarram, PhD student at University College London
  30. Susie Johnson, Recent Graduate from Bristol University
  31. Andrew Jones, Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool
  32. Joe Judge, Clinical Psychologist, Hamilton Psychological Therapies Team, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  33. Patrick Kennedy-Williams, Trainee Clinical Psychologist & Doctoral Student, University of Oxford
  34. Sarah Knowles, Research Fellow, NIHR School for Primary Care Research
  35. Alex Langford, Trainee Psychiatrist, South-east London
  36. Jennifer Lau, University Lecturer at the University of Oxford. Director of the Researching Emotional Disorders and Development (REDD) lab
  37. Kirsten Lawson, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Liaison Psychiatry Services at Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust
  38. Lucy Maddox, NHS Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer and BSA Media Fellow
  39. Sarah Man, Staff Nurse, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit
  40. Sammy Mann, Clinical Psychologist
  41. Joanna Martin, PhD Student at Cardiff University
  42. Olivia Maynard, Research Associate, Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at the University of Bristol
  43. Iain McDougall, Specialist trainee in General Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Belfast
  44. Kate McLaughlin, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, USA
  45. Marcus Munafò, Professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Bristol
  46. Claire Mokrysz, PhD Student, University College London
  47. Josephine Neale, Trainee Psychiatrist in North London
  48. Nicola Newhouse, Researcher at Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford
  49. Elly O’Brien, Information Scientist, London
  50. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Consultant in Public Health in Bradford & Airedale and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds
  51. Gozde Ozakinci, Health Psychologist and Lecturer in health psychology at the University of St Andrews
  52. Christopher Pell, In-patient General Adult Psychiatrist at the Susan Carnegie Centre in Angus, Scotland for NHS Tayside
  53. Matt Ravenhall, Final year Biology student at the University of York
  54. Abi Rose, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Liverpool
  55. Emma Saddleton, Research Worker and part-time MSc student at the Institute of Psychiatry, London
  56. Christopher Sampson, Health Economist at the University of Nottingham
  57. Andrew Shepherd, Doctoral research Fellow at the University of Manchester and Higher Trainee in Forensic Psychiatry
  58. Lucy Simons, Research Fellow at NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Cooperative, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham
  59. Mark Smith, IAPT Clinician working for Steps2Change and independent Psychotherapist Trainer
  60. David Steele, Junior Doctor with an interest in psychology, psychiatry and public health
  61. Caroline Struthers, Training Coordinator for The Cochrane Collaboration
  62. Rebecca Syed, Researcher, King’s College London
  63. Rupert Thurston, Junior Doctor working in General Adult Psychiatry in the West Midlands
  64. Caroline Tomes, Public Health Specialty Registrar currently working in Cambridge
  65. André Tomlin, Managing Director of Minervation Ltd
  66. Raphael Underwood, PhD candidate at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  67. Kathryn Walsh, Research Associate at the University of Birmingham
  68. Michael Walton, PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University
  69. Fiona Warner-Gale, Joint Director of Associate Development Solutions Ltd
  70. Andrew Watson, Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh
  71. Stephen Wood, Professor of Adolescent Brain Development and Mental Health at the University of Birmingham
  72. Fabio Zucchelli, Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc student

We’re adding to our network of writers all the time, so find out more if you’re interested in getting involved yourself.

Who decides what evidence is included on the website?

We scour over 300 databases, journals, websites and other feeds to bring you the best available mental health evidence.  Items are selected using an evidence-based inclusion criteria to ensure they are relevant to UK practice and based on high quality research, policy and guidance.

The selection process has no input from any external bodies, publishers, sponsors or commercial organisations.

We critically appraise the material we find using the CASP critical appraisal checklists.

We plan to share a complete list of the sources we search in future.

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Are there more elves for different health topics?

We are adding to our National Elf Service all the time.  Check out these other elves:

The magnificent seven are all bringing high quality evidence to those who need it most

The magnificent seven are all bringing high quality evidence to those who need it most

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André Tomlin

André Tomlin
André started the Mental Elf website in May 2011. He has worked as an Information Scientist in Mental Health since the late nineties; initially at Oxford University's Centre for Evidence-Based Mental Health and since 2002 as the Managing Director of Minervation Ltd. He loves blogging, social media and elves! He also has established interests in evidence-based healthcare, usability testing and web design.

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