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. Andy Bell, Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health
  16. Jonny Benjamin, Mental Health Campaigner, Film Producer, Public Speaker, Writer and Vlogger
  17. Laura Bennett, Research Assistant for the Learning Disability Mortality Review Programme (LeDeR) at University of Bristol
  18. Clara Belessiotis, Core Trainee in Psychiatry at East London Foundation Trust
  19. Kathryn Berzins, Research Fellow in mental health at the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds
  20. Victoria Betton, Director of mHabitat
  21. Vishal Bhavsar, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellow in Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry
  22. Lisa Bortolotti, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham
  23. Helen Bould, Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  24. Simon Bradstreet, Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow
  25. Rachel Brand, Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, The University of Melbourne
  26. Josefien Breedvelt, Research Officer, Mental Health Foundation
  27. Gerome Breen, Psychiatric Geneticist, King’s College London
  28. Simon Brett, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner & MSci student at the University of Reading
  29. Amy Broadbent, Research Assistant, Cambridge
  30. Matthew Broome, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  31. Mark Brown, Development Director of Social Spider CIC
  32. Stefan Brugger, NIHR Academic Clinical Research Fellow at UCL
  33. Martin Brunet, GP from the Binscombe Medical Centre
  34. Kjetil Gundro Brurberg, Researcher in the Division of Primary Care and Clinical Procedures, Norwegian Knowledge Center for Health Services in Public Health, Oslo, Norway
  35. Jennifer Burgess, Academic Clinical Fellow in General Adult Psychiatry in Newcastle
  36. Lisa Burscheidt, Assistant Librarian at North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  37. Peter Byrne, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at the Royal London Hospital
  38. Alastair Canaway, Research Fellow, University of Warwick
  39. Victoria Carlisle, PhD Student, Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  40. Sarah Carr, Associate Professor of Mental Health Research at Middlesex University, Independent Consultant at Sarah Carr and Associates Ltd
  41. Brant Cebulla, Development Director for the Vitamin D Council in California, USA
  42. Emma Cernis, Research Assistant, Oxford
  43. Iain Chalmers, Coordinator, James Lind Initiative
  44. Sarah Chapman, Knowledge Broker at UK Cochrane Centre
  45. Paul Christiansen, Lecturer at the University of Liverpool
  46. Andrea Cipriani, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford; Editor in Chief of Evidence-Based Mental Health
  47. Natasha Clarke, PhD Student at the University of Liverpool
  48. 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
  49. Elizabeth Collier, Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Salford
  50. Jennifer Collom, Research Assistant, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London
  51. Dean Connolly, Student at University College London
  52. Nicola Coop, Assistant Psychologist
  53. Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling, School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
  54. Samuele Cortese, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant Child Psychiatrist at Solent NHS Trust

  55. Elana Covshoff, Programme Manager, SHRINE
  56. Marie Crabbe, Research Assistant, Oxford Health Foundation NHS Trust
  57. Jake Crawshaw, PhD candidate at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London
  58. Ioana Cristea, Associate Professor at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and a Research Fellow at the University of Pisa, Italy
  59. Jazz Croft, PhD candidate, Centre for Academic Mental Health, University of Bristol
  60. Ian Cummins, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Salford
  61. Emily Currell, MSc Student at University College London
  62. David Daley, Professor of Psychological Intervention and Behaviour Change at the University of Nottingham
  63. Sasha Danilina, PhD Student at University College London
  64. Suzanne Dash, Graduate-Entry Medicine Student at the University of Oxford
  65. Geoff Davies, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey
  66. Kelly Davies, Lecturer in Mental Health, University of York
  67. John M Davis, Professor of Psychiatry and Research Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  68. Jennifer de Bayer, Research Coordinator, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford University
  69. Derek de Beurs, Senior Mental Health Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL)
  70. Caroline De Brun, Knowledge and Evidence Manager, Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services
  71. Angharad de Cates, Psychiatry Registrar and Honorary Research Fellow at Warwick Medical School
  72. Jill Domoney, Clinical Psychologist and Researcher, Section of Women’s Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  73. Ailsa Donnelly, Lay Chair of the PRIMER group
  74. Muna Dubad, PhD Student, University of Warwick
  75. Jay Duckworth, PhD Student, University of Liverpool
  76. Thalia Eley, Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London
  77. Edzard Ernst, Emeritus Professor at Exeter University
  78. Michelle Eskinazi, MSC Student at University College London & Core Psychiatry Trainee at Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  79. Norah Essali, Medical student, University of Kalamoon, Syria
  80. Pete Etchells, Senior Lecturer in Biological Psychology, Bath Spa University
  81. Katie Evans, Head of Research and Policy at Money and Mental Health
  82. Alison Faulkner, Survivoer Researcher and Trainer in Mental Health
  83. 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
  84. Matt Field, Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool
  85. Caroline Fiennes, Director, Giving Evidence
  86. Meg Fluharty, Research Assistant, Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  87. Andrés Fonseca, Consultant Psychiatrist, CEO of Health eLiving Partnership, Honorary Lecturer at UCL
  88. Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Exeter
  89. Alexander Foster, Research Worker in Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  90. Una Foye, Research Officer, Mental Health Foundation
  91. Suzi Gage, Lecturer in Psychology and Epidemiology at the University of Liverpool
  92. Linda Gask, Emerita Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Manchester
  93. Clarissa Giebel, Researcher and PhD student, PSSRU, University of Manchester
  94. 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
  95. Maria Giorgalli, Student, MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences at University College London
  96. Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, Artist, Midwife and Birth Activist
  97. Guy Goodwin, Professor of Psychiatry, University Department of Psychiatry, Oxford
  98. Sophie Graham, Medical Student, Newcastle University
  99. Amy Green, Academic Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol
  100. Ellen Grimas, PhD Student, Imperial College
  101. Ian Hamilton, Lecturer in Mental Health in the Department of Health Sciences at York University
  102. Terry Hanley, Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology, University of Manchester
  103. Ben Hannigan, Reader in Mental Health Nursing in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University
  104. Keir Harding, Occupational Therapist, Cynnwys (together), the personality disorder service in Cardiff
  105. Amanda Harris, Psychologist and Director of the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network
  106. Judith Harrison, Welsh Clinical Academic Training Fellow, Cardiff University
  107. Camille Hart, Psychiatric Trainee Doctor, Queen’s University, Belfast
  108. Helge Hasselmann, Research Masters Student in Clinical and Cognitive Neurosciences at Maastricht University
  109. Simon Hatcher, Full Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa
  110. Joseph Hayes, Clinical Training Fellow, UCL Division of Psychiatry
  111. Laura Hemming, PhD Student, University of Manchester
  112. Sarah Hetrick, Associate Professor in Youth Mental Health, University of Auckland
  113. Jessamy Hibberd, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
  114. Kerrie-Anne Ho, PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales, Australia
  115. Chris Hollis, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Nottingham and Consultant in Developmental Neuropsychiatry with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  116. Mark Horowitz, Training Psychiatrist from Australia who is completing a PhD at King’s College London
  117. Maxine Howard, PhD student at University College London
  118. Dochka Hristova, Project Coordinator for the National Elf Service
  119. Samei Huda, Consultant Psychiatrist, Pennine Care, Manchester
  120. Liz Hughes, Professor of Mental Health at University of Huddersfield and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  121. Neil Humphrey, Professor of Psychology of Education and Head of the Manchester Institute of Education at the University of Manchester
  122. Jane Iles, Clinical Psychologist working in CAMHS and Research Associate at Imperial College London
  123. Udita Iyengar, Project Manager in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  124. Pamela Jacobsen, Clinical Psychologist and NIHR Research Fellow at King’s College London
  125. Alex Jarram, PhD student at University College London
  126. Sameer Jauhar, Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry
  127. Sam Jee, Research Associate at the University of Manchester
  128. Sonia Johnson, Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at UCL, Director of the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit
  129. Susie Johnson, Recent Graduate from Bristol University
  130. Mandy Johnstone, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Edinburgh
  131. Andrew Jones, Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool
  132. Ian Jones, Professor of Perinatal Psychiatry at Cardiff University, Director of the Welsh National Centre for Mental Health
  133. Jonathan Jones, PhD Psychology student at the University of Exeter
  134. Mona Jones, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, AnDY Research clinic, University of Reading
  135. Dan Joyce, Clinical Lecturer at Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, Junior Doctor in general adult psychiatry
  136. Joe Judge, Clinical Psychologist, Hamilton Psychological Therapies Team, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  137. Dafni Katsampa, Research Assistant, UCL Division of Psychiatry
  138. Eleanor Kennedy, PhD Student at Bristol Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  139. Patrick Kennedy-Williams, Trainee Clinical Psychologist & Doctoral Student, University of Oxford
  140. Olivia Kirtley, Research Assistant, University of Glasgow
  141. Pooky Knightsmith, Speaker, Lecturer, Trainer, Author and Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition
  142. Sarah Knowles, Research Fellow, NIHR School for Primary Care Research
  143. 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
  144. Jennifer Laidlaw, PGY-5 Resident in Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  145. Danielle Lamb, Programme Manager of the AD-CARE study at the UCL Division of Psychiatry
  146. Nicky Lambert, Director of Teaching and Learning Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine at Middlesex University
  147. Alex Langford, Psychiatrist, Oxford
  148. Jennifer Lau, University Lecturer at the University of Oxford. Director of the Researching Emotional Disorders and Development (REDD) lab
  149. Keith Laws, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Hertfordshire
  150. Kirsten Lawson, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Liaison Psychiatry Services at Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust
  151. Caroline Leah, Senior Lecturer and Social Worker based at Manchester Metropolitan University
  152. William Lee, Clinical Associate Professor (Reader) in Psychiatry at Plymouth University
  153. Simon Leigh, Health Economist at Lifecode® Solutions and Nexus Clinical Analytics, Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool
  154. Douglas Levinson, Director of the Stanford University Program on the Genetics of Brain Function in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  155. Gemma Lewis, University College London
  156. Michelle Lim, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology, and Head of the Social Health and Wellbeing Laboratory
  157. Bryn Lloyd-Evans, Senior Lecturer in the UCL Division of Psychiatry
  158. Karina Lovell, Director of Research and Professor of Mental Health, University of Manchester
  159. Colleen Loo, Professor of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Australia
  160. Raluca Lucacel, PhD Student, Cluj Napoca, Romania
  161. Maartje Luijten, Assistant Professor, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  162. James MacCabe, Reader in the Epidemiology of Psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  163. Lucy Maddox, NHS Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer and BSA Media Fellow
  164. Sarah Man, Staff Nurse, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit
  165. Sammy Man, Clinical Psychologist
  166. Farhana Mann, Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow at University College London and Specialist Registrar (ST6) in General Adult Psychiatry in North London
  167. Warren Mansell, Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester
  168. Elena Marcus, Research Assistant at the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and University College London
  169. Joanna Martin, PhD Student at Cardiff University
  170. Steven Marwaha, Reader, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
  171. Lisa Marzano, Associate Professor in Psychology at Middlesex University
  172. Timothy Matthews, Postdoctoral Researcher, King’s College London
  173. Olivia Maynard, Research Associate, Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at the University of Bristol
  174. Edel Mc Glanaghy, Clinical Psychologist with NHS Forth Valley and a Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University
  175. Sarah McDonald, Clinical Psychologist
  176. Iain McDougall, Specialist trainee in General Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Belfast
  177. Carla McEnery, Provisional Psychologist and PhD candidate, Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
  178. Paula McFadden, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Ulster University
  179. Andrew McIntosh, Professor of Biological Psychiatry in the University of Edinburgh Division of Psychiatry
  180. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of Wellesley Institute
  181. John McGowan, Director and Academic Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Scheme at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Kent
  182. Kate McLaughlin, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, USA
  183. Chris Miller, Research Assistant at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  184. Kathryn Mitchell, Core Psychiatry Trainee working in the Belfast Trust, Northern Ireland
  185. 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
  186. Mark Monaghan, Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at the University of Loughborough
  187. Stephen Moore, Inpatient Psychiatrist in the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Northern Ireland
  188. Paul Morrison, Psychiatrist and Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, KCL
  189. Michelle Moulds, Professor and PLuS Alliance Fellow, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Australia
  190. Claire Mokrysz, PhD Student, University College London
  191. John Moriarty, Research Fellow, University of Belfast
  192. Marcus Munafò, Professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Bristol
  193. Monisha Nahar, MSc Student, UCL
  194. Akshay Nair, Wolfson Clinical Research Fellow, University College London
  195. Josephine Neale, Trainee Psychiatrist in North London
  196. Natalie Nelissen, Research Fellow at mHabitat
  197. Rosalyn Nelson, Assistant Psychologist, North Wilts Memory Service, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  198. 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
  199. Nicola Newhouse, Researcher at Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford
  200. Claire Niedzwiedz, Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health at the University of Edinburgh
  201. Peter Norton, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and Director of the Monash FEAR Clinic
  202. Aileen O’Brien, Reader in Psychiatry and Education & Dean for Students at St George’s University of London
  203. Elly O’Brien, Information Scientist, London
  204. Siobhan O’Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University
  205. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Consultant in Public Health in Bradford & Airedale and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds
  206. Chris O’Sullivan, Mental Health Foundation
  207. Michael Ostacher, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
  208. 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
  209. Gozde Ozakinci, Health Psychologist and Lecturer in health psychology at the University of St Andrews
  210. Geoff Page, Research Fellow, University of York
  211. Laurence Palfreyman, Assistant Psychologist in South London
  212. Harry Palmer, Programme Coordinator, Mental Health Research Programme, Veterans and their Families (UK), Centre for Mental Health
  213. Carmine Pariante, Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
  214. Jennie Parker, Senior Researcher at the McPin Foundation
  215. Christopher Pell, In-patient General Adult Psychiatrist at the Susan Carnegie Centre in Angus, Scotland for NHS Tayside
  216. Elvira Perez Vallejos, Associate Professor Digital Tech for Mental Health, University of Nottingham
  217. Serap Pinar, Biomedical and Molecular Science Research (M.Sc) from King’s College London
  218. Vanessa Pinfold, Co-Founder & Research Director at the McPin Foundation
  219. Alexandra Pitman, Senior Clinical Lecturer in the UCL Division of Psychiatry and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  220. Rudiger Pittrof, Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  221. Belinda Platt, Post-Doc at the LMU University Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  222. Inês Pote, Research Officer for the Early Intervention Foundation
  223. Amy Price, Trustee of the ThinkWell charity where she leads the PLOT-IT (Public Led Online Trials-Infrastructure and Tools) project
  224. Paul Ramchandani, LEGO Professor of Play in Education, University of Cambridge
  225. Matt Ravenhall, Final year Biology student at the University of York
  226. Stefan Rennick-Egglestone, Digital Research Specialist, University of Nottingham
  227. Laoise Renwick, Lecturer at the University of Manchester
  228. Shirley Reynolds, Director of the Charlie Waller Institute and Professor of Evidence Based Psychological Therapies at the University of Reading
  229. Thomas Richardson, Principal Clinical Psychologist at Solent NHS Trust
  230. Abi Rose, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Liverpool
  231. Diana Rose, Professor of User-Led Research, Head of Section and Co-director Service User Research Enterprise (SURE), King’s College London
  232. Rachel Rowan-Olive, Mental Health Service User/Survivor, Illustrator, and graduate student at Birkbeck, University of London
  233. Sarah Rowe, Lecturer on the MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences and MSc Mental Health Sciences Research, UCL Division of Psychiatry
  234. Tobias Rowland, Academic Clinical Fellow, University of Warwick
  235. Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda
  236. Emma Saddleton, Research Worker and part-time MSc student at the Institute of Psychiatry, London
  237. Tatiana Salisbury, Lecturer in Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  238. Paul Salkovskis, Director of the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy
  239. Christopher Sampson, Health Economist at the University of Nottingham
  240. João Santos, Research Associate and Data Manager, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester
  241. Martyna Sawicka, Data Collection Coordinator, Arizona Twin Project at Arizona State University
  242. Heike Schroder, Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Queen’s University Management School
  243. Ava Schulz, Postdoctoral Researcher on the OPTIMAX project
  244. Susanne Schweizer, Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscienc
  245. Lucas Shelemy, PhD Researcher, University of Reading
  246. Andrew Shepherd, Doctoral research Fellow at the University of Manchester and Higher Trainee in Forensic Psychiatry
  247. Hilary Shepherd, MSc Dementia student at University College London
  248. Luke Sheridan-Rains, Research associate in the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, UCL Division of Psychiatry
  249. Lucy Simons, Research Fellow at NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Cooperative, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham
  250. Megan Skelton, PhD student in the Emotional Development Intervention and Treatment Lab (EDIT Lab) at King’s College London
  251. Mark Smith, IAPT Clinician working for Steps2Change and independent Psychotherapist Trainer
  252. Francesca Solmi, Research Associate, Division of Psychiatry, University College London
  253. Andrew Sommerlad, PhD Fellow, University College London
  254. Sophie Stammers, Research Fellow on Project PERFECT at the University of Birmingham
  255. Emily Stapley, Research Fellow in the Evidence Based Practice Unit at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and UCL
  256. David Steele, Junior Doctor with an interest in psychology, psychiatry and public health
  257. Becci Strawbridge, Mental Health Research, IoPPN, King’s College London
  258. Caroline Struthers, Education and Training Manager for the EQUATOR Network
  259. Shuichi Suetani, Psychiatrist at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research & Queensland Brain Institute
  260. Harry Sumnall, Professor in Substance Use, Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University
  261. Irene Sutcliffe, Lived experience expert
  262. Rebecca Syed, Researcher, King’s College London
  263. Edward Sykes, Senior Press Manager and Head of Mental Health & Neuroscience, Science Media Centre
  264. Danny Taggart, Academic Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Essex
  265. Marcus Tan, Academic Clinical Fellow at Plymouth University School of Medicine
  266. Andrew Thompson, Clinical Health Psychologist, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
  267. Rupert Thurston, Junior Doctor working in General Adult Psychiatry in the West Midlands
  268. Caroline Tomes, Public Health Specialty Registrar currently working in Cambridge
  269. André Tomlin, Managing Director of Minervation Ltd
  270. John Torous, Director of the Digital Psychiatry Division, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  271. Derek Tracy, Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Director for crisis, inpatient, and rehabilitation services at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  272. Alison Turner, Head of the Evidence Analysis team within the Strategy Unit at NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit
  273. Alan Underwoord, Specialist Clinical Psychologist
  274. Raphael Underwood, PhD candidate at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  275. Noortje Uphoff, Research Fellow, Cochrane Common Mental Disorder, University of York
  276. Rachel Upthegrove, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Birmingham
  277. Anne-Laura van Harmelen, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
  278. Kathryn Walsh, Research Associate at the University of Birmingham
  279. Joanne Wallace, Graduate Entry Medical Student at The University of Warwick
  280. Michael Walton, PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University
  281. Jingyi Wang, Research Associate, UCL
  282. Fiona Warner-Gale, Joint Director of Associate Development Solutions Ltd
  283. Andrew Watson, Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh
  284. Sarah Watts, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Clinical Lead with the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust South Staffordshire IAPT teams
  285. Jasmin Wertz, PhD Student, Kings College London
  286. Simon Wessely, Chair of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences (IoPPN), King’s College London
  287. Danny Whiting, Forensic Psychiatrist and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow with the Forensic Psychiatry Research Group at the University of Oxford
  288. Michael Wigelsworth, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester
  289. Lucy Willetts, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT Therapist
  290. Sarsha Wilson, Research Assistant at the NIHR Oxford Cognitive Health Clinical Research Facility
  291. Emma Wincup, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law at the University of Leeds
  292. Katrina Witt, Research Fellow with the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford
  293. Stephen Wood, Professor of Adolescent Brain Development and Mental Health at the University of Birmingham
  294. 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
  295. 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.