André started the Mental Elf website in May 2011. He has worked as an Information Scientist in Mental Health since the late nineties; initially at Oxford University's Centre for Evidence-Based Mental Health and since 2002 as the Managing Director of Minervation Ltd. He loves blogging, social media and elves! He also has established interests in evidence-based healthcare, usability testing and web design.
André Tomlin reports on a new network meta-analysis that brings together the best available evidence comparing the efficacy and acceptability of 21 antidepressants for the acute treatment of adults with major depressive disorder.
This groundbreaking review of 522 trials is the largest ever meta-analysis in psychiatry, and finds that antidepressants are more effective than placebo for short-term treatment of acute depression in adults.[read the full story...]
André Tomlin appraises a new RCT published today of virtual reality CBT versus waiting list control for paranoid ideation and social avoidance in people with psychosis.[read the full story...]
André Tomlin presents a summary of all the evidence we have highlighted over the last 3 years relating to prevention and early intervention for mental illness in young people.
This blog accompanies the #MQScienceMeeting coverage this week, which you can follow on Twitter.[read the full story...]
André Tomlin presents the results of the very short survey that we ran in January 2018, which provides an overview of the roles of our followers and readers.[read the full story...]
Lucy Simons invites YOU to tell us what you think are the most important questions about using digital technology for mental health.
There are also some fab prizes up for grabs, so don’t miss out![read the full story...]
Geoff Barrow (founder of Invada Records and Portishead) has decided to donate all money raised by the BEAK Xmas single to the Mental Elf. Thanks Geoff![read the full story...]
Today we’re in London for the launch of the Zero Suicide Alliance: a new collaborative committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. You can follow the discussion #BeyondTheRoom. We’ll be live tweeting and podcasting from 4pm.
Also, don’t miss the new FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all.[read the full story...]
Today we’re proud and excited to announce the launch of a new monthly tweet chat called #MentalHealthJukebox, which will provide a space for people to share the music they love and talk about their mental health. Join us![read the full story...]
Today we’re bringing you a virtual poster trail for the inaugural All Wales Senior Nurse Advisory Group mental health nursing conference 2017. Please take a look at the posters on display and vote for your favourite![read the full story...]
Today we are announcing a major new survey that will help prioritise research questions for young people’s mental health over the coming years. The Right People, Right Questions project is about looking for your unanswered questions on young people’s mental health that can be answered by research. We want to hear from 11-25 year olds with experience of mental health issues, their parents or carers, if you work with young people, or if you have another interest in the mental health of young people.[read the full story...]