Give us a kiss for Christmas!


Dear readers,

I’m going to be busy delivering festive cheer to all and sundry over the next few days, so won’t be posting any blogs now until the New Year. As you relax with your mince pies and mulled wine, spare a thought for us elves galavanting around. We’ve only got little legs!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of my readers and supporters for what has been an amazing year. The response that I’ve received from everyone has been really encouraging and has driven me on to make the website, mobile app and all of the social media activity as good as it can be.

Highlights from 2012 include launching the Mental Elf mobile app, being shortlisted for the inaugural UK Science Blogger Award, reaching 4,000 followers on Twitter and getting the BBC to change their headline about the exercise and depression story back in June.

I’ve met with lots of people to talk about the Mental Elf this year. Everyone from the head of mental health at the Department of Health to a recently qualified mental health nurse and dozens of professionals at all kinds of levels in between (you know who you are). Your feedback has been invaluable, so thanks again for taking the time to help me improve the site and the service I provide.

So here is a little thank you message, delivered by the inimitable Lionel Bart.  It’s as meaningful now as it was when it was first recorded over 50 years ago.

Happy Christmas and a big kiss from,

The Mental Elf


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Andre Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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