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.

We also generate revenue from consultancy services that we provide to the NHS, charities, universities, professional membership bodies and mental health networks. Our consultancy services include live reporting from mental health events (#BeyondTheRoom) and producing bespoke digital content (e.g. podcasts, videos).

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. Syeda Akther, Research Assistant at the QMUL Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry
  4. Lia Ali, Consultant Psychiatrist for Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  5. Eva Alisic, Psychologist and Research Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia
  6. Ahmed Al-Shihabi, Medicine Student at University College London
  7. Rachel Allan, Practice Leader for The Royal Mencap Society
  8. Rob Allison, Lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York
  9. Lucía Almazán Sánchez, Medical Student at King’s College London
  10. Murtada Alsaif, Pharmacist
  11. Ian Anderson, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester
  12. Steve Appleton, Managing Director, Contact Consulting
  13. Golnar Aref-Adib, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow at UCL and Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  14. Louise Arseneault, ESRC Mental Health Leadership Fellow and Professor of Developmental Psychology at King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
  15. Henry Aughterson, PhD student at UCL
  16. Douglas Badenoch, Director of Minervation Ltd
  17. John Baker, Chair of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Leeds
  18. Joe Barnby, Research Assistant at University College London
  19. Jack Barton, PhD student at University of Manchester
  20. Andy Bell, Deputy Chief Executive at the Centre for Mental Health
  21. Imogen Bell, Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Psychologist at Orygen and the Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne.
  22. Jonny Benjamin, Mental Health Campaigner, Film Producer, Public Speaker, Writer and Vlogger
  23. Laura Bennett, Research Assistant for the Learning Disability Mortality Review Programme (LeDeR) at University of Bristol
  24. Clara Belessiotis, Core Trainee in Psychiatry at East London Foundation Trust
  25. Francesca Bentivegna, LSA at City Education
  26. Kathryn Berzins, Research Fellow in Mental Health at the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds
  27. Victoria Betton, Director of mHabitat
  28. Vishal Bhavsar, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellow in Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry
  29. Catherine Bird, Research Assistant at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  30. Jonathan Bisson, Psychiatrist at Cardiff University
  31. Melissa Black, Clinical psychologist and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge
  32. Lisa Bortolotti, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham
  33. Helen Bould, Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  34. Lucy Bowes, Associate Professor in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford
  35. Simon Bradstreet, Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow
  36. Rachel Brand, Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, The University of Melbourne
  37. Josefien Breedvelt, Research Officer at the Mental Health Foundation
  38. Gerome Breen, Psychiatric Geneticist at King’s College London
  39. Simon Brett, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner & MSci student at the University of Reading
  40. Amy Broadbent, Research Assistant, Cambridge
  41. Matthew Broome, Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  42. Mark Brown, Development Director of Social Spider CIC
  43. Stefan Brugger, NIHR Academic Clinical Research Fellow at UCL
  44. Martin Brunet, GP from the Binscombe Medical Centre
  45. Kjetil Gundro Brurberg, Researcher in the Division of Primary Care and Clinical Procedures at the Norwegian Knowledge Center for Health Services in Public Health, Oslo, Norway
  46. Jennifer Burgess, Academic Clinical Fellow in General Adult Psychiatry in Newcastle
  47. Lisa Burscheidt, Assistant Librarian at North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  48. Peter Byrne, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at the Royal London Hospital
  49. Alastair Canaway, Research Fellow at the University of Warwick
  50. Krysia Canvin, Independent Health Services Researcher
  51. Victoria Carlisle, PhD Student at the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  52. Sarah Carr, Associate Professor of Mental Health Research at Middlesex University, Independent Consultant at Sarah Carr and Associates Ltd
  53. Brant Cebulla, Development Director for the Vitamin D Council in California, USA
  54. Emma Cernis, Research Assistant, Oxford
  55. Iain Chalmers, Coordinator at James Lind Initiative
  56. Sarah Chapman, Knowledge Broker at UK Cochrane Centre
  57. Paul Christiansen, Lecturer at the University of Liverpool
  58. Andrea Cipriani, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford; Editor in Chief of Evidence-Based Mental Health
  59. Natasha Clarke, PhD Student at the University of Liverpool
  60. 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
  61. Elizabeth Collier, Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Derby
  62. Lorna Collins, Researcher and Member of the MARCH network
  63. Jennifer Collom, Research Assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London
  64. Dean Connolly, Student at University College London
  65. Nicola Coop, Assistant Psychologist
  66. Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling at the School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
  67. Samuele Cortese, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant Child Psychiatrist at Solent NHS Trust
  68. Elana Covshoff, Programme Manager at SHRINE
  69. Marie Crabbe, Research Assistant at Oxford Health Foundation NHS Trust
  70. Jake Crawshaw, PhD candidate at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London
  71. Byron Creese, Research Psychologist at the University of Exeter
  72. Ioana Cristea, Associate Professor at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and a Research Fellow at the University of Pisa, Italy
  73. Jazz Croft, PhD candidate at the Centre for Academic Mental Health, University of Bristol
  74. Ian Cummins, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Salford
  75. Emily Currell, MSc Student at University College London
  76. David Daley, Professor of Psychological Intervention and Behaviour Change at the University of Nottingham
  77. Tim Dalgleish, Programme leader at University of Cambridge
  78. Sasha Danilina, PhD Student at University College London
  79. Suzanne Dash, Graduate-Entry Medicine Student at the University of Oxford
  80. Geoff Davies, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Surrey
  81. Kelly Davies, Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of York
  82. John M Davis, Professor of Psychiatry and Research Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  83. Jennifer de Bayer, Research Coordinator at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford University
  84. Derek de Beurs, Senior Mental Health Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL)
  85. Caroline De Brun, Knowledge and Evidence Manager at Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services
  86. Angharad de Cates, Psychiatry Registrar and Honorary Research Fellow at Warwick Medical School
  87. Jill Domoney, Clinical Psychologist and Researcher at the Section of Women’s Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  88. Ailsa Donnelly, Lay Chair of the PRIMER group
  89. Muna Dubad, PhD Student at the University of Warwick
  90. Jay Duckworth, PhD Student at the University of Liverpool
  91. Thalia Eley, Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London
  92. Edzard Ernst, Emeritus Professor at Exeter University
  93. Michelle Eskinazi, MSC Student at University College London & Core Psychiatry Trainee at Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  94. Norah Essali, Medical student at the University of Kalamoon, Syria
  95. Pete Etchells, Senior Lecturer in Biological Psychology at Bath Spa University
  96. Katie Evans, Head of Research and Policy at Money and Mental Health
  97. Alison Faulkner, Surviver Researcher and Trainer in Mental Health
  98. 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
  99. Matt Field, Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool
  100. Caroline Fiennes, Director at Giving Evidence
  101. Saoirse Finn, Network Co-ordinator at Arts Health Early Career Research Network
  102. Katie Finning, PhD student at the School of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter
  103. Terry Flemming, Senior Lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington
  104. Meg Fluharty, Research Assistant at the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  105. Andrés Fonseca, Consultant Psychiatrist, CEO of Health eLiving Partnership, Honorary Lecturer at UCL
  106. Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Exeter
  107. Alexander Foster, Research Worker in Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  108. Una Foye, Research Officer at the Mental Health Foundation
  109. Suzi Gage, Lecturer in Psychology and Epidemiology at the University of Liverpool
  110. Linda Gask, Emerita Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Manchester
  111. Lina Gega, Reader in Mental Health at the University of York and Hull York Medical School
  112. Clarissa Giebel, Researcher and PhD student at the PSSRU, University of Manchester
  113. Bethany Gill, Research Associate at Lancaster Associate
  114. Patricia Gillen, Head of Research and Development for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs/ Lecturer at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT) and Ulster University
  115. Maria Giorgalli, Student, MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences at University College London
  116. Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, Artist, Midwife and Birth Activist
  117. Guy Goodwin, Professor of Psychiatry at the University Department of Psychiatry, Oxford
  118. Sophie Graham, Medical Student at Newcastle University
  119. Amy Green, Academic Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol
  120. Sarah Gregory, Doctoral candidate and study coordinator at the University of Edinburgh
  121. Ellen Grimas, PhD Student at Imperial College
  122. Ian Hamilton, Associate Professor in addiction atUniversity of York
  123. Terry Hanley, Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at University of Manchester
  124. Ben Hannigan, Reader in Mental Health Nursing in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University
  125. Keir Harding, Occupational Therapist, Cynnwys (together), at the personality disorder service in Cardiff
  126. Amanda Harris, Psychologist and Director of the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network
  127. Judith Harrison, Welsh Clinical Academic Training Fellow at Cardiff University
  128. Camille Hart, Psychiatric Trainee Doctor at Queen’s University, Belfast
  129. Suzan Hassan, PhD Student at UCL Primary Care and Population Health
  130. Helge Hasselmann, Research Masters Student in Clinical and Cognitive Neurosciences at Maastricht University
  131. Simon Hatcher, Full Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa
  132. Joseph Hayes, Clinical Training Fellow at UCL Division of Psychiatry
  133. Laura Hemming, PhD Student at the University of Manchester
  134. Jill Hemmington, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader PG Cert (AMHP) at the School of Social Work, Care and Community, University of Central Lancashire
  135. Sarah Hetrick, Associate Professor in Youth Mental Health at the University of Auckland
  136. Jessamy Hibberd, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
  137. Kerrie-Anne Ho, PhD Candidate at the University of New South Wales, Australia
  138. Chris Hollis, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Nottingham and Consultant in Developmental Neuropsychiatry with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  139. Mark Horowitz, Training Psychiatrist from Australia who is completing a PhD at King’s College London
  140. Maxine Howard, PhD student at University College London
  141. Dochka Hristova, Project Coordinator for the National Elf Service
  142. Samei Huda, Consultant Psychiatrist at Pennine Care, Manchester
  143. Liz Hughes, Professor of Mental Health at University of Huddersfield and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  144. Neil Humphrey, Professor of Psychology of Education and Head of the Manchester Institute of Education at the University of Manchester
  145. Jane Iles, Clinical Psychologist working in CAMHS and Research Associate at Imperial College London
  146. Udita Iyengar, Project Manager in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  147. Pamela Jacobsen, Clinical Psychologist and NIHR Research Fellow at King’s College London
  148. Benjamin Janaway, Psychiatry trainee and Science communicator
  149. Alex Jarram, PhD student at University College London
  150. Sameer Jauhar, Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry
  151. Sam Jee, Research Associate at the University of Manchester
  152. Sonia Johnson, Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at UCL, Director of the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit
  153. Susie Johnson, Recent Graduate from Bristol University
  154. Mandy Johnstone, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Edinburgh
  155. Andrew Jones, Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool
  156. Ian Jones, Professor of Perinatal Psychiatry at Cardiff University, Director of the Welsh National Centre for Mental Health
  157. Jonathan Jones, PhD Psychology student at the University of Exeter
  158. Mona Jones, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, AnDY Research clinic, University of Reading
  159. Dan Joyce, Clinical Lecturer at Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, Junior Doctor in general adult psychiatry
  160. Joe Judge, Clinical Psychologist in the Hamilton Psychological Therapies Team, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  161. Shubhangi Karmakar, Medical and MSc student at Trinity College Dublin
  162. Muzaffer Kaser, Psychiatrist and Clinical Lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge University
  163. Dafni Katsampa, Research Assistant at Middlesex University London
  164. Anjuli Kaul, Administrator at the Violence and Abuse Mental Health Network
  165. Eleanor Kennedy, PhD Student at Bristol Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  166. Patrick Kennedy-Williams, BPS Chartered and HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist, Co-director of Psychology Oxford
  167. Roxanne Keynejad, Clinical Research Training Fellow in the Section of Women’s Mental Health at King’s College London
  168. Nagina Khan, MRC Research Training Fellow at the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester
  169. Olivia Kirtley, Research Assistant at the University of Glasgow
  170. Pooky Knightsmith, Speaker, Lecturer, Trainer, Author and Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition
  171. Sarah Knowles, Research Fellow at the  NIHR School for Primary Care Research
  172. Will Koehler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Owner of Journey to a Trauma Informed Life, LLC.
  173. Matthew Kube-Clare, Trainee Psychiatrist at the Oxleas NHS trust.
  174. 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
  175. Emmeline Lagunes Cordoba, Psychiatrist and psychotherapist
  176. Jennifer Laidlaw, PGY-5 Resident in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto
  177. Joseph Lam, MSc Graduate in Clinical Mental Health Science UCL
  178. Danielle Lamb, Programme Manager of the AD-CARE study at the UCL Division of Psychiatry
  179. Nicky Lambert, Director of Teaching and Learning Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine at Middlesex University
  180. Alex Langford, Psychiatrist in Oxford
  181. Jennifer Lau, University Lecturer at the University of Oxford, Director of the Researching Emotional Disorders and Development (REDD) lab
  182. Sharon Lawn, Professor, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Australia
  183. Keith Laws, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Hertfordshire
  184. Kirsten Lawson, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Liaison Psychiatry Services at Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust
  185. Caroline Leah, Senior Lecturer and Social Worker based at Manchester Metropolitan University
  186. William Lee, Clinical Associate Professor (Reader) in Psychiatry at Plymouth University
  187. Simon Leigh, Health Economist at Lifecode® Solutions and Nexus Clinical Analytics, Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool
  188. Douglas Levinson, Director of the Stanford University Program on the Genetics of Brain Function in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  189. Gemma Lewis, University College London
  190. Michelle Lim, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology, and Head of the Social Health and Wellbeing Laboratory
  191. Bryn Lloyd-Evans, Senior Lecturer in the UCL Division of Psychiatry
  192. Maria Loades, Senior Lecturer/Clinical Tutor, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at the University of Bath
  193. Karina Lovell, Director of Research and Professor of Mental Health at the University of Manchester
  194. Colleen Loo, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, Australia
  195. Raluca Lucacel, PhD Student, Cluj Napoca, Romania
  196. Maartje Luijten, Assistant Professor at the Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  197. James MacCabe, Reader in the Epidemiology of Psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  198. Lucy Maddox, NHS Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer and BSA Media Fellow
  199. Sarah Man, Staff Nurse at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit
  200. Sammy Man, Clinical Psychologist
  201. Farhana Mann, Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow at University College London and Specialist Registrar (ST6) in General Adult Psychiatry in North London
  202. Warren Mansell, Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester
  203. Elena Marcus, Research Assistant at the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and University College London
  204. Joanna Martin, PhD Student at Cardiff University
  205. Steven Marwaha, Reader at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
  206. Lisa Marzano, Associate Professor in Psychology at Middlesex University
  207. Timothy Matthews, Postdoctoral Researcher at King’s College London
  208. Olivia Maynard, Research Associate at the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at the University of Bristol
  209. Edel Mc Glanaghy, Clinical Psychologist with NHS Forth Valley and a Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University
  210. Heather McClelland, Research Assistant and PhD Student at University of Glasgow
  211. Sarah McDonald, Clinical Psychologist
  212. Iain McDougall, Specialist trainee in General Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Belfast
  213. Carla McEnery, Provisional Psychologist and PhD candidate at the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
  214. Paula McFadden, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Ulster University
  215. John McGowan, Director and Academic Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Scheme at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Kent
  216. Andrew McIntosh, Professor of Biological Psychiatry in the University of Edinburgh Division of Psychiatry
  217. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of Wellesley Institute
  218. Alison McKinlay, Psychologist and Post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience.
  219. Kate McLaughlin, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, USA
  220. Sally McManus, Research Director at the National Centre for Social Research
  221. Peter McMurray, Psychiatry Core Trainee working in the Southern Trust in Northern Ireland
  222. Chris Miller, Research Assistant at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  223. Kathryn Mitchell, Core Psychiatry Trainee working in the Belfast Trust, Northern Ireland
  224. Emma Molyneaux – Postdoctoral Researcher in the Section of Women’s Mental Health at King’s College London and works for the Mental Health Policy Research Unit
  225. Mark Monaghan, Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at the University of Loughborough
  226. Stephen Moore, Inpatient Psychiatrist in the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Northern Ireland
  227. Paul Morrison, Psychiatrist and Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, KCL
  228. Nuala Morse, Lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester
  229. Michelle Moulds, Professor and PLuS Alliance Fellow, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Australia
  230. Claire Mokrysz, PhD Student at University College London
  231. John Moriarty, Research Fellow at University of Belfast
  232. Marcus Munafò, Professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Bristol
  233. Monisha Nahar, MSc Student at UCL
  234. Akshay Nair, Wolfson Clinical Research Fellow at University College London
  235. Josephine Neale, Trainee Psychiatrist in North London
  236. Natalie Nelissen, Research Fellow at mHabitat
  237. Rosalyn Nelson, Assistant Psychologist at North Wilts Memory Service, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  238. 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
  239. Nicola Newhouse, Researcher at Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford
  240. Claire Niedzwiedz, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health at the University of Edinburgh
  241. Peter Norton, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and Director of the Monash FEAR Clinic
  242. Aileen O’Brien, Reader in Psychiatry and Education & Dean for Students at St George’s University of London
  243. Elly O’Brien, Information Scientist, London
  244. Siobhan O’Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University
  245. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Consultant in Public Health in Bradford & Airedale and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds
  246. Chris O’Sullivan, Mental Health Foundation
  247. Michael Ostacher, Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
  248. 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
  249. Gozde Ozakinci, Health Psychologist and Lecturer in health psychology at the University of St Andrews
  250. Geoff Page, Research Fellow at the University of York
  251. Laurence Palfreyman, Assistant Psychologist in South London
  252. Harry Palmer, Programme Coordinator, Mental Health Research Programme, Veterans and their Families (UK), Centre for Mental Health
  253. Carmine Pariante, Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
  254. Jennie Parker, Senior Researcher at the McPin Foundation
  255. Emily Peckham, Closing the Gap Network+ Coordinator at York University
  256. Christopher Pell, In-patient General Adult Psychiatrist at the Susan Carnegie Centre in Angus, Scotland for NHS Tayside
  257. Elvira Perez Vallejos, Associate Professor Digital Tech for Mental Health at the University of Nottingham
  258. Serap Pinar, Biomedical and Molecular Science Research (M.Sc) from King’s College London
  259. Vanessa Pinfold, Co-Founder & Research Director at the McPin Foundation
  260. Alexandra Pitman, Senior Clinical Lecturer in the UCL Division of Psychiatry and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  261. Rudiger Pittrof, Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  262. Belinda Platt, Post-Doc at the LMU University Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  263. Rob Poole, Professor of Social Psychiatry at Bangor University
  264. Inês Pote, Research Officer for the Early Intervention Foundation
  265. Lucinda Powell, Psychology teacher
  266. Amy Price, Trustee of the ThinkWell charity where she leads the PLOT-IT (Public Led Online Trials-Infrastructure and Tools) project
  267. Paul Ramchandani, LEGO Professor of Play in Education at the University of Cambridge
  268. Matt Ravenhall, Final year Biology student at the University of York
  269. Stefan Rennick-Egglestone, Digital Research Specialist at theUniversity of Nottingham
  270. Laoise Renwick, Lecturer at the University of Manchester
  271. Shirley Reynolds, Director of the Charlie Waller Institute and Professor of Evidence Based Psychological Therapies at the University of Reading
  272. Thomas Richardson, Principal Clinical Psychologist at Solent NHS Trust
  273. Jodi Rintelman, Pharmacist and medical writer
  274. Tessa Roberts, global mental health researcher
  275. Abi Rose, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Liverpool
  276. Diana Rose, Professor of User-Led Research and Head of Section and Co-director Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) at King’s College London
  277. Rachel Rowan-Olive, Mental Health Service User/Survivor, Illustrator, and graduate student at Birkbeck, University of London
  278. Sarah Rowe, Lecturer on the MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences and MSc Mental Health Sciences Research, UCL Division of Psychiatry
  279. Tobias Rowland, Academic Clinical Fellow, University of Warwick
  280. Alex Ruck Keene, Barrister specialising in mental capacity and mental health law and Wellcome Research Fellow at King’s College London
  281. Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda
  282. Emma Saddleton, Research Worker and part-time MSc student at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, London
  283. Tatiana Salisbury, Lecturer in Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  284. Paul Salkovskis, Director of the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy
  285. Christopher Sampson, Health Economist at the University of Nottingham
  286. João Santos, Research Associate and Data Manager at the Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester
  287. Leela Sathyaputri, Undergraduate Research Assistant at the University of Iowa
  288. Martyna Sawicka, Data Collection Coordinator, Arizona Twin Project at Arizona State University
  289. Heike Schroder, Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Queen’s University Management School
  290. Ava Schulz, Postdoctoral Researcher on the OPTIMAX project
  291. Susanne Schweizer, Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscienc
  292. Lucas Shelemy, PhD Researcher at the University of Reading
  293. Andrew Shepherd, Doctoral research Fellow at the University of Manchester and Higher Trainee in Forensic Psychiatry
  294. Hilary Shepherd, MSc Dementia student at University College London
  295. Luke Sheridan-Rains, Research associate in the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, UCL Division of Psychiatry
  296. Lucy Simons, Research Fellow at NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Cooperative, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham
  297. Megan Skelton, PhD student in the Emotional Development Intervention and Treatment Lab (EDIT Lab) at King’s College London
  298. Jude Smit, PhD student and Psychotherapist
  299. Mark Smith, IAPT Clinician working for Steps2Change and independent Psychotherapist Trainer
  300. Francesca Solmi, Research Associate, Division of Psychiatry, University College London
  301. Andrew Sommerlad, PhD Fellow at University College London
  302. Sophie Stammers, Research Fellow on Project PERFECT at the University of Birmingham
  303. Emily Stapley, Research Fellow in the Evidence Based Practice Unit at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and UCL
  304. Eloise Stark, PhD student at the University of Oxford
  305. Thomas Steare, Research Assistant at University College London
  306. David Steele, Junior Doctor with an interest in psychology, psychiatry and public health
  307. Kevin Stone, Associate Head of Department for Law at UWE, Bristol
  308. Becci Strawbridge, Mental Health Research at the Institute if Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  309. Caroline Struthers, Education and Training Manager for the EQUATOR Network
  310. Shuichi Suetani, Psychiatrist at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research & Queensland Brain Institute
  311. Harry Sumnall, Professor in Substance Use at the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University
  312. Irene Sutcliffe, Lived experience expert
  313. Rebecca Syed, Researcher at King’s College London
  314. Edward Sykes, Senior Press Manager and Head of Mental Health & Neuroscience, Science Media Centre
  315. Danny Taggart, Academic Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Essex
  316. Marcus Tan, Academic Clinical Fellow at Plymouth University School of Medicine
  317. Andrew Thompson, Clinical Health Psychologist at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
  318. Rupert Thurston, Junior Doctor working in General Adult Psychiatry in the West Midlands
  319. Caroline Tomes, Public Health Specialty Registrar currently working in Cambridge
  320. André Tomlin, Founder and Managing Director of Minervation Ltd and the National Elf Service Ltd
  321. Anneka Tomlinson, Clinician and Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  322. John Torous, Director of the Digital Psychiatry Division at the Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  323. Solomon Towuru, Lecturer in Mental Health altho eh University of Derby
  324. Derek Tracy, Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Director for crisis, inpatient, and rehabilitation services at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  325. David Trickey, Consultant clinical psychologist at the Specialist Trauma and Maltreatment Service at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
  326. Stella Tsoli, PhD student at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL.
  327. David Turgoose, Clinical Psychologist in the Attachment and Trauma Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital
  328. Alison Turner, Head of the Evidence Analysis team within the Strategy Unit at NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit
  329. Alan Underwoord, Specialist Clinical Psychologist
  330. Raphael Underwood, PhD candidate at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  331. Noortje Uphoff, Research Fellow,  Cochrane Common Mental Disorder, University of York
  332. Rachel Upthegrove, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham
  333. Anne-Laura van Harmelen, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
  334. Kathryn Walsh, Research Associate at the University of Birmingham
  335. Joanne Wallace, Graduate Entry Medical Student at The University of Warwick
  336. Michael Walton, PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University
  337. Jingyi Wang, Research Associate at UCL
  338. Fiona Warner-Gale, Joint Director of Associate Development Solutions Ltd
  339. Andrew Watson, Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh
  340. Sarah Watts, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Clinical Lead with the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust South Staffordshire IAPT teams
  341. Jasmin Wertz, PhD Student at Kings College London
  342. Simon Wessely, Chair of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences (IoPPN), King’s College London
  343. Karen Wetherall, Researcher at the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab, University of Glasgow
  344. Danny Whiting, Forensic Psychiatrist and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow with the Forensic Psychiatry Research Group at the University of Oxford
  345. Alice Wickersham, PhD student at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre
  346. Michael Wigelsworth, Senior Lecturer at the Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester
  347. Lucy Willetts, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT Therapist
  348. Sarsha Wilson, Research Assistant at the NIHR Oxford Cognitive Health Clinical Research Facility
  349. Emma Wincup, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law at the University of Leeds
  350. Katrina Witt, Research Fellow with the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford
  351. Stephen Wood, Professor of Adolescent Brain Development and Mental Health at the University of Birmingham
  352. Emma Yapp, Research Assistant in the Section of Women’s Mental Health in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King’s College London
  353. Vanessa Yim, Research assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
  354. Tiago Zortea, Post-doctoral researcher in the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab, University of Glasgow
  355. 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.