About The Mental Elf

Welcome to the Mental Elf. 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.

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

All of our blogs are free to read. This is important because our vision for this website is to facilitate a democratic conversation between patients, clinicians, researchers, carers, policy makers, health and social care professionals and others. It’s vital that this discussion takes place in a public space so we can learn from each other.

Our bloggers give their time for free and they are all really keen to contribute because they shared our ethos for clearly communicating evidence-based research to anyone who is interested. This website is very much a group effort.

We scour over 500 sources of evidence (journals, databases, websites) every week, to find key guidancesystematic reviews and other high quality research and reports that will help make your practice more evidence-based. The selection process has no input from any external bodies, publishers, sponsors or commercial organisations.

No bias, 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 decided to invite 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.

How is the Mental Elf funded?

The National Elf Service website, which contains the Mental Elf and a number of other elves covering topics from dentistry to social care, was set up by Minervation Ltd. The Founders of Minervation (André Tomlin and Douglas Badenoch) are also Founders and Directors of the National Elf Service. The website is self-funded and receives no money from the pharmaceutical industry or other commercial organisations. We feel that it is important we remain independent from any commercial organisations who work in mental health.

In 2012, we received a small research and development grant from the UK Government to carry out the market research to get our website fully tested and launched.

Does the Mental Elf make money?

All of the National Elf Service blogs (including the Mental Elf) are free. That will always remain so. Contributors are not paid for their blogs, and we only work with people who have no conflict of interest.

However, it costs money to run the website. We generate revenue from Membership. Our members enjoy the added benefits of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) system within the National Elf Service website. This is aimed at students and professionals who need to keep up to date with the latest research in a way that can be linked to their CPD. The CPD system has been built with significant investment from Minervation and is run as a business. We sell individual and institutional subscriptions to this website and our clients include universities, charities, the NHS and local authorities. An institutional subscription includes bulk access to our CPD membership area as well as consultancy support from our team. Find out more by reading our publicity leaflet.

Our plan is to build this business so we can grow the website and include other health topics in our list of elves.

Is the National Elf Service ever paid for content?

No. We do not accept commissioned articles, and we do not work with authors who have a conflict of interest with the paper in question.

Who writes for the Mental Elf?

We have an ever-expanding team of people who contribute to the site. The group includes senior clinicians and researchers, health and social care professionals, academics, service users, students, information scientists and carers.

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

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. Sally Adams, Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of Bath
  3. Lia Ali, Consultant Psychiatrist for Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  4. Eva Alisic, Psychologist and Research Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia
  5. Ahmed Al-Shihabi, Medicine Student at University College London
  6. Rachel Allan, Practice Leader for The Royal Mencap Society
  7. Rob Allison, Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of York
  8. Murtada Alsaif, Pharmacist
  9. Ian Anderson, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester
  10. Steve Appleton, Managing Director, Contact Consulting
  11. Golnar Aref-Adib, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow at UCL and Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  12. Douglas Badenoch, Director of Minervation Ltd
  13. Joe Barnby, Research Assistant, University College London
  14. John Baker, Chair of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Leeds
  15. Jonny Benjamin, Mental Health Campaigner, Film Producer, Public Speaker, Writer and Vlogger
  16. Laura Bennett, Research Assistant for the Learning Disability Mortality Review Programme (LeDeR) at University of Bristol
  17. Clara Belessiotis, Core Trainee in Psychiatry at East London Foundation Trust
  18. Victoria Betton, Director of mHabitat
  19. Vishal Bhavsar, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellow in Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry
  20. Helen Bould, Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  21. Simon Bradstreet, Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow
  22. Rachel Brand, Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, The University of Melbourne
  23. Josefien Breedvelt, Research Officer, Mental Health Foundation
  24. Simon Brett , Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner & MSci student at the University of Reading
  25. Amy Broadbent, Research Assistant, Cambridge
  26. Matthew Broome, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  27. Mark Brown, Development Director of Social Spider CIC
  28. Stefan Brugger, NIHR Academic Clinical Research Fellow at UCL
  29. Martin Brunet, GP from the Binscombe Medical Centre
  30. Kjetil Gundro Brurberg, Researcher in the Division of Primary Care and Clinical Procedures, Norwegian Knowledge Center for Health Services in Public Health, Oslo, Norway
  31. Jennifer Burgess, Academic Clinical Fellow in General Adult Psychiatry in Newcastle
  32. Lisa Burscheidt, Assistant Librarian at North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  33. Alastair Canaway, Research Fellow, University of Warwick
  34. Victoria Carlisle, PhD Student, Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  35. Sarah Carr, Associate Professor of Mental Health Research at Middlesex University, Independent Consultant at Sarah Carr and Associates Ltd
  36. Brant Cebulla, Development Director for the Vitamin D Council in California, USA
  37. Emma Cernis, Research Assistant, Oxford
  38. Iain Chalmers, Coordinator, James Lind Initiative
  39. Sarah Chapman, Knowledge Broker at UK Cochrane Centre
  40. Paul Christiansen, Lecturer at the University of Liverpool
  41. Andrea Cipriani, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford; Editor in Chief of Evidence-Based Mental Health
  42. Natasha Clarke, PhD Student at the University of Liverpool
  43. Alys Cole-King, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Spokesperson on Suicide and Self harm, and the Clinical Director of Connecting with People
  44. Elizabeth Collier, Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Salford
  45. Jennifer Collom, Research Assistant, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London
  46. Dean Connolly, Student at University College London
  47. Nicola Coop, Assistant Psychologist
  48. Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling, School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
  49. Samuele Cortese, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant Child Psychiatrist at Solent NHS Trust

  50. Elana Covshoff, Programme Manager, SHRINE
  51. Marie Crabbe, Research Assistant, Oxford Health Foundation NHS Trust
  52. Jake Crawshaw, PhD candidate at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London
  53. Ioana Cristea, Associate Professor at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and a Research Fellow at the University of Pisa, Italy
  54. Jazz Croft, PhD candidate, Centre for Academic Mental Health, University of Bristol
  55. Ian Cummins, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Salford
  56. Emily Currell, MSc Student at University College London
  57. Sasha Danilina, PhD Student at University College London
  58. Suzanne Dash, Graduate-Entry Medicine Student at the University of Oxford
  59. Geoff Davies, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey
  60. Kelly Davies, Lecturer in Mental Health, University of York
  61. John M Davis, Professor of Psychiatry and Research Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  62. Jennifer de Bayer, Research Coordinator, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford University
  63. Caroline De Brun, Knowledge and Evidence Manager, Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services
  64. Angharad de Cates, Psychiatry Registrar and Honorary Research Fellow at Warwick Medical School
  65. Jill Domoney, Clinical Psychologist and Researcher, Section of Women’s Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  66. Ailsa Donnelly, Lay Chair of the PRIMER group
  67. Muna Dubad, PhD Student, University of Warwick
  68. Jay Duckworth, PhD Student, University of Liverpool
  69. Thalia Eley, Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London
  70. Edzard Ernst, Emeritus Professor at Exeter University
  71. Michelle Eskinazi, MSC Student at University College London & Core Psychiatry Trainee at Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  72. Norah Essali, Medical student, University of Kalamoon, Syria
  73. Pete Etchells, Senior Lecturer in Biological Psychology, Bath Spa University
  74. Katie Evans, Head of Research and Policy at Money and Mental Health
  75. Alison Faulkner, Survivoer Researcher and Trainer in Mental Health
  76. Mina Fazel, Associate Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Oxford University Department of Psychiatry and Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  77. Matt Field, Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool
  78. Caroline Fiennes, Director, Giving Evidence
  79. Meg Fluharty, Research Assistant, Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  80. Andrés Fonseca, Consultant Psychiatrist, CEO of Health eLiving Partnership, Honorary Lecturer at UCL
  81. Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Exeter
  82. Alexander Foster, Research Worker in Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  83. Una Foye, Research Officer, Mental Health Foundation
  84. Suzi Gage, Lecturer in Psychology and Epidemiology at the University of Liverpool
  85. Linda Gask, Emerita Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Manchester
  86. Clarissa Giebel, Researcher and PhD student, PSSRU, University of Manchester
  87. Maria Giorgalli, Student, MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences at University College London
  88. Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, Artist, Midwife and Birth Activist
  89. Guy Goodwin, Professor of Psychiatry, University Department of Psychiatry, Oxford
  90. Sophie Graham, Medical Student, Newcastle University
  91. Amy Green, Academic Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol
  92. Ellen Grimas, PhD Student, Imperial College
  93. Ian Hamilton, Lecturer in Mental Health in the Department of Health Sciences at York University
  94. Terry Hanley, Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology, University of Manchester
  95. Ben Hannigan, Reader in Mental Health Nursing in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University
  96. Keir Harding, Occupational Therapist, Cynnwys (together), the personality disorder service in Cardiff
  97. Amanda Harris, Psychologist and Director of the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network
  98. Judith Harrison, Welsh Clinical Academic Training Fellow, Cardiff University
  99. Camille Hart, Psychiatric Trainee Doctor, Queen’s University, Belfast
  100. Helge Hasselmann, Research Masters Student in Clinical and Cognitive Neurosciences at Maastricht University
  101. Simon Hatcher, Full Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa
  102. Joseph Hayes, Clinical Training Fellow, UCL Division of Psychiatry
  103. Laura Hemming, PhD Student, University of Manchester
  104. Sarah Hetrick, Associate Professor in Youth Mental Health, University of Auckland
  105. Jessamy Hibberd, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
  106. Kerrie-Anne Ho, PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales, Australia
  107. Chris Hollis, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Nottingham and Consultant in Developmental Neuropsychiatry with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  108. Mark Horowitz, Training Psychiatrist from Australia who is completing a PhD at King’s College London
  109. Maxine Howard, PhD student at University College London
  110. Dochka Hristova, Project Coordinator for the National Elf Service
  111. Samei Huda, Consultant Psychiatrist, Pennine Care, Manchester
  112. Liz Hughes, Professor of Mental Health at University of Huddersfield and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  113. Neil Humphrey, Professor of Psychology of Education and Head of the Manchester Institute of Education at the University of Manchester
  114. Jane Iles, Clinical Psychologist working in CAMHS and Research Associate at Imperial College London
  115. Udita Iyengar, Project Manager in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  116. Pamela Jacobsen, Clinical Psychologist and NIHR Research Fellow at King’s College London
  117. Alex Jarram, PhD student at University College London
  118. Sameer Jauhar, Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry
  119. Sam Jee, Research Associate at the University of Manchester
  120. Sonia Johnson, Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at UCL, Director of the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit
  121. Susie Johnson, Recent Graduate from Bristol University
  122. Mandy Johnstone, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Edinburgh
  123. Andrew Jones, Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool
  124. Ian Jones, Professor of Perinatal Psychiatry at Cardiff University, Director of the Welsh National Centre for Mental Health
  125. Jonathan Jones, PhD Psychology student at the University of Exeter
  126. Mona Jones, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, AnDY Research clinic, University of Reading
  127. Dan Joyce, Clinical Lecturer at Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, Junior Doctor in general adult psychiatry
  128. Joe Judge, Clinical Psychologist, Hamilton Psychological Therapies Team, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  129. Eleanor Kennedy, PhD Student at Bristol Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  130. Patrick Kennedy-Williams, Trainee Clinical Psychologist & Doctoral Student, University of Oxford
  131. Olivia Kirtley, Research Assistant, University of Glasgow
  132. Pooky Knightsmith, Speaker, Lecturer, Trainer, Author and Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition
  133. Sarah Knowles, Research Fellow, NIHR School for Primary Care Research
  134. Stanley Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and the Director WHO Collaborating Care in Mental Health Policy and Training at Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre in Canada
  135. Jennifer Laidlaw, PGY-5 Resident in Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  136. Danielle Lamb, Programme Manager of the AD-CARE study at the UCL Division of Psychiatry
  137. Nicky Lambert, Director of Teaching and Learning Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine at Middlesex University
  138. Alex Langford, Psychiatrist, Oxford
  139. Jennifer Lau, University Lecturer at the University of Oxford. Director of the Researching Emotional Disorders and Development (REDD) lab
  140. Keith Laws, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Hertfordshire
  141. Kirsten Lawson, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Liaison Psychiatry Services at Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust
  142. Caroline Leah, Senior Lecturer and Social Worker based at Manchester Metropolitan University
  143. William Lee, Clinical Associate Professor (Reader) in Psychiatry at Plymouth University
  144. Simon Leigh, Health Economist at Lifecode® Solutions and Nexus Clinical Analytics, Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool
  145. Gemma Lewis, University College London
  146. Karina Lovell, Director of Research and Professor of Mental Health, University of Manchester
  147. Colleen Loo, Professor of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Australia
  148. Raluca Lucacel, PhD Student, Cluj Napoca, Romania
  149. Maartje Luijten, Assistant Professor, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  150. James MacCabe, Reader in the Epidemiology of Psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  151. Lucy Maddox, NHS Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer and BSA Media Fellow
  152. Sarah Man, Staff Nurse, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit
  153. Sammy Man, Clinical Psychologist
  154. Farhana Mann, Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow at University College London and Specialist Registrar (ST6) in General Adult Psychiatry in North London
  155. Warren Mansell, Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester
  156. Elena Marcus, Research Assistant at the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and University College London
  157. Joanna Martin, PhD Student at Cardiff University
  158. Steven Marwaha, Reader, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
  159. Lisa Marzano, Associate Professor in Psychology at Middlesex University
  160. Timothy Matthews, Postdoctoral Researcher, King’s College London
  161. Olivia Maynard, Research Associate, Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at the University of Bristol
  162. Edel Mc Glanaghy, Clinical Psychologist with NHS Forth Valley and a Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University
  163. Sarah McDonald, Clinical Psychologist
  164. Iain McDougall, Specialist trainee in General Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Belfast
  165. Carla McEnery, Provisional Psychologist and PhD candidate, Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
  166. Andrew McIntosh, Professor of Biological Psychiatry in the University of Edinburgh Division of Psychiatry
  167. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of Wellesley Institute
  168. John McGowan, Director and Academic Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Scheme at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Kent
  169. Kate McLaughlin, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, USA
  170. Kathryn Mitchell, Core Psychiatry Trainee working in the Belfast Trust, Northern Ireland
  171. Mark Monaghan, Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at the University of Loughborough
  172. Stephen Moore, Inpatient Psychiatrist in the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Northern Ireland
  173. Paul Morrison, Psychiatrist and Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, KCL
  174. Michelle Moulds, Professor and PLuS Alliance Fellow, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Australia
  175. Claire Mokrysz, PhD Student, University College London
  176. John Moriarty, Research Fellow, University of Belfast
  177. Marcus Munafò, Professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Bristol
  178. Monisha Nahar, MSc Student, UCL
  179. Akshay Nair, Wolfson Clinical Research Fellow, University College London
  180. Josephine Neale, Trainee Psychiatrist in North London
  181. Natalie Nelissen, Research Fellow at mHabitat
  182. Rosalyn Nelson, Assistant Psychologist, North Wilts Memory Service, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  183. Jill Newby, Senior Lecturer, MRFF/NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Research Director of the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney
  184. Nicola Newhouse, Researcher at Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford
  185. Claire Niedzwiedz, Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health at the University of Edinburgh
  186. Peter Norton, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and Director of the Monash FEAR Clinic
  187. Aileen O’Brien, Reader in Psychiatry and Education & Dean for Students at St George’s University of London
  188. Elly O’Brien, Information Scientist, London
  189. Siobhan O’Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University
  190. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Consultant in Public Health in Bradford & Airedale and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds
  191. Chris O’Sullivan, Mental Health Foundation
  192. Michael Ostacher, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
  193. Dennis Ougrin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
  194. Gozde Ozakinci, Health Psychologist and Lecturer in health psychology at the University of St Andrews
  195. Geoff Page, Research Fellow, University of York
  196. Laurence Palfreyman, Assistant Psychologist in South London
  197. Harry Palmer, Programme Coordinator, Mental Health Research Programme, Veterans and their Families (UK), Centre for Mental Health
  198. Carmine Pariante, Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
  199. Jennie Parker, Senior Researcher at the McPin Foundation
  200. Christopher Pell, In-patient General Adult Psychiatrist at the Susan Carnegie Centre in Angus, Scotland for NHS Tayside
  201. Serap Pinar, Biomedical and Molecular Science Research (M.Sc) from King’s College London
  202. Vanessa Pinfold, Co-Founder & Research Director at the McPin Foundation
  203. Alexandra Pitman, Senior Clinical Lecturer in the UCL Division of Psychiatry and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  204. Rudiger Pittrof, Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  205. Belinda Platt, Post-Doc at the LMU University Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  206. Inês Pote, Research Officer for the Early Intervention Foundation
  207. Amy Price, Trustee of the ThinkWell charity where she leads the PLOT-IT (Public Led Online Trials-Infrastructure and Tools) project
  208. Paul Ramchandani, Reader in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Deputy Head, The Centre for Mental Health, Imperial College London
  209. Matt Ravenhall, Final year Biology student at the University of York
  210. Stefan Rennick-Egglestone, Digital Research Specialist, University of Nottingham
  211. Laoise Renwick, Lecturer at the University of Manchester
  212. Shirley Reynolds, Director of the Charlie Waller Institute and Professor of Evidence Based Psychological Therapies at the University of Reading
  213. Thomas Richardson, Principal Clinical Psychologist at Solent NHS Trust
  214. Abi Rose, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Liverpool
  215. Diana Rose, Professor of User-Led Research, Head of Section and Co-director Service User Research Enterprise (SURE), King’s College London
  216. Sarah Rowe, Lecturer on the MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences and MSc Mental Health Sciences Research, UCL Division of Psychiatry
  217. Tobias Rowland, Academic Clinical Fellow, University of Warwick
  218. Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda
  219. Emma Saddleton, Research Worker and part-time MSc student at the Institute of Psychiatry, London
  220. Tatiana Salisbury, Lecturer in Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  221. Paul Salkovskis, Director of the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy
  222. Christopher Sampson, Health Economist at the University of Nottingham
  223. João Santos, Research Associate and Data Manager, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester
  224. Martyna Sawicka, Data Collection Coordinator, Arizona Twin Project at Arizona State University
  225. Susanne Schweizer, Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscienc
  226. Lucas Shelemy, PhD Researcher, University of Reading
  227. Andrew Shepherd, Doctoral research Fellow at the University of Manchester and Higher Trainee in Forensic Psychiatry
  228. Hilary Shepherd, MSc Dementia student at University College London
  229. Lucy Simons, Research Fellow at NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Cooperative, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham
  230. Mark Smith, IAPT Clinician working for Steps2Change and independent Psychotherapist Trainer
  231. Francesca Solmi, Research Associate, Division of Psychiatry, University College London
  232. Andrew Sommerlad, PhD Fellow, University College London
  233. Emily Stapley, Research Fellow in the Evidence Based Practice Unit at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and UCL
  234. David Steele, Junior Doctor with an interest in psychology, psychiatry and public health
  235. Becci Strawbridge, Mental Health Research, IoPPN, King’s College London
  236. Caroline Struthers, Education and Training Manager for the EQUATOR Network
  237. Shuichi Suetani, Psychiatrist at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research & Queensland Brain Institute
  238. Harry Sumnall, Professor in Substance Use, Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University
  239. Irene Sutcliffe, Lived experience expert
  240. Rebecca Syed, Researcher, King’s College London
  241. Edward Sykes, Senior Press Manager and Head of Mental Health & Neuroscience, Science Media Centre
  242. Danny Taggart, Academic Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Essex
  243. Marcus Tan, Academic Clinical Fellow at Plymouth University School of Medicine
  244. Rupert Thurston, Junior Doctor working in General Adult Psychiatry in the West Midlands
  245. Caroline Tomes, Public Health Specialty Registrar currently working in Cambridge
  246. André Tomlin, Managing Director of Minervation Ltd
  247. John Torous, Director of the Digital Psychiatry Division, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  248. Derek Tracy, Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Director for crisis, inpatient, and rehabilitation services at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  249. Alison Turner, Head of the Evidence Analysis team within the Strategy Unit at NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit
  250. Alan Underwoord, Specialist Clinical Psychologist
  251. Raphael Underwood, PhD candidate at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  252. Noortje Uphoff, Research Fellow, Cochrane Common Mental Disorder, University of York
  253. Rachel Upthegrove, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Birmingham
  254. Anne-Laura van Harmelen, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
  255. Kathryn Walsh, Research Associate at the University of Birmingham
  256. Joanne Wallace, Graduate Entry Medical Student at The University of Warwick
  257. Michael Walton, PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University
  258. Jingyi Wang, Research Associate, UCL
  259. Fiona Warner-Gale, Joint Director of Associate Development Solutions Ltd
  260. Andrew Watson, Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh
  261. Jasmin Wertz, PhD Student, Kings College London
  262. Simon Wessely, Chair of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences (IoPPN), King’s College London
  263. Michael Wigelsworth, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester
  264. Lucy Willetts, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT Therapist
  265. Sarsha Wilson, Research Assistant at the NIHR Oxford Cognitive Health Clinical Research Facility
  266. Emma Wincup, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law at the University of Leeds
  267. Katrina Witt, Research Fellow with the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford
  268. Stephen Wood, Professor of Adolescent Brain Development and Mental Health at the University of Birmingham
  269. Fabio Zucchelli, Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc student

Groups who have blogged

In addition to the individuals who blog for us, we sometimes publish blogs written by groups of people. These are often written as part of a training session or introduction to blogging; sometimes by students, sometimes by health professionals or academics. Here are some of the groups who have written Mental Elf blogs:

  1. CAMSTRAND Conference delegates
  2. Centre for Affective Disorders, King’s College London
  3. Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  4. Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc, University College London
  5. EQUATOR Publication School
  6. Mental Health Studies MSc, King’s College London
  7. NPNR Conference delegates
  8. PenCLAHRC: NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula
  9. Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health MSc/PGDip/PGCert, King’s College London

Contact us if you’d like André Tomlin to teach blogging and social media in your institution.

Who decides what evidence is included on the website?

We scour over 400 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.

Press coverage

Are there more elves for different health topics?

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

Contact us if you’d like to discuss collaborating on an elf in your field of interest.

The Woodland is getting busier every year.

The Woodland is getting busier every year.