Nominate your top 3 Mental Elf blogs published in 2019 #MentalElfAwards

Mental Elf Awards

Last week we launched the brand new #MentalElfAwards, which recognise excellence in mental health research. We began by asking you to nominate one mental health research paper published in 2019 that you feel has the best chance of moving science forward and improving the lives of people living with mental health difficulties. Thanks to everyone who has sent us their nominations so far, and keep them coming!

This week we’re focusing on blogs. We want you to tell us which three Mental Elf blogs really impressed you in 2019. We published 145 blogs last year, so that’s quite a big task if you haven’t read them all and made notes (you have been making notes right!?). We’ve thoughtfully whittled down the list to 38 blogs which we (the Mental Elf team) feel really deserve your attention.

Tell us which 3 blogs from last year you liked the most

Tell us which 3 blogs from last year you liked the most. Nominate now!

Best Mental Elf blog published in 2019

Here’s the shortlist so you can remind yours(elf). When you’re ready, please nominate your top 3:

  1. “It doesn’t mean they aren’t after you”: sexual minorities and paranoia. Sarah Carr
  2. “Mens sana in corpore sano”: outdoor activities can shape the body and mind. Francesca Bentivegna & Dafni Katsampa
  3. Are antidepressants safe? A new umbrella review of observational studies suggests they are, but we need more accurate data. Andrea Cipriani & Anneka Tomlinson
  4. Can we screen-and-treat victims of terror attacks? Nia Oxburgh
  5. Cannabis use in the developing brain: evidence from a recent cross-sectional meta-analysis. Joe Barnby
  6. Compulsory Community Treatment does not reduce readmissions or length of stay in hospital. John Baker
  7. Compulsory detention under the Mental Health Act: significantly more likely if you come from a BAME or migrant group. Ian Cummins
  8. Depression in young people: are we researching what matters most? Tamsin Ford
  9. Disability rights, mental health treatment and the United Nations #RonR2019. Alex Ruck Keene
  10. High suicidality among people experiencing domestic abuse: findings from a mixed methods Refuge study #VAMHN. Roxanne Keynejad
  11. How should we assess suicide risk in mental health services, or should we stop doing it? Vishal Bhavsar
  12. iCBT for panic disorder. UCL Psychiatry MSc Students
  13. In adults with major depression, antidepressants may increase the risk of suicide. Douglas Badenoch
  14. Is self-management ready for the mental health mainstream? Josefien Breedvelt and Peter Coventry
  15. Life after leaving hospital: when does a duty of care end? Sally McManus
  16. Loneliness and sedentary behaviour: time to take a stand? Timothy Matthews, Molly Bird & Hannah Cocker
  17. Mental Health Act review: the demise of the nearest relative? Kathryn Berzins
  18. Mental health research funding: we are still not getting our fair share. Louise Arseneault
  19. Mental illness in clinical psychologists: stigma stops people from seeking help. Dafni Katsampa
  20. New mothers and intimate partner violence: how can nurses help? Vishal Bhavsar
  21. NHS England’s new framework for community mental health services. Andy Bell
  22. Open Dialogue: what’s the evidence? Sameer Jauhar, M Kripalani & James Chivers
  23. Prescribing lithium for bipolar disorder: are we too scared? Deenan Edward & Suhana Ahmed
  24. Prescription drug misuse in women: US review inconclusive. Rob Poole
  25. Psychosis and physical health: listening to patients and family carers. Shuichi Suetani & Sharon Lawn
  26. Quit playing games with my… head? Online therapeutic games for LGBTQ+ youth #MindTech2019. Will Koehler
  27. Racial disparities in bipolar disorder diagnosis and treatment: time to talk about racism. Syeda Akther
  28. Self-harm in older adults: a forgotten group? Karen Birnie, Haridha Pandian & Derek Tracy
  29. Smoking cessation for people with severe mental illness? “Oh yes they can!” SCIMITAR+. Peter Byrne and David Shiers
  30. Suicide and mental illness in low- and middle-income countries. Tessa Roberts
  31. Suicide risk assessment among psychiatric inpatients: pessimism around predictive power. Alex Langford
  32. The impact of racism on mental health. Alison Faulkner
  33. The Recovery Narrative: challenging the dominance of a narrative genre #RonR2019. Alison Faulkner
  34. The science of suicide prevention: Innovative technologies and ethical implications #IASP2019. Tiago Zortea and Karen Wetherall
  35. The Trial: pharmacotherapy versus psychotherapy for schizophrenia – how do trials compare? Keith Laws
  36. Transdiagnostic approaches to mental health: Keeping the baby and throwing out the bathwater. Melissa Black and Tim Dalgleish
  37. Treating PTSD in children and young people #ISTSS2019. David Trickey
  38. Will increased medication adherence, even if ‘coproduced’, solve the problem of ethnic inequalities and injustices in BAME communities? Diana Rose

Nominate now!

Now, we want you to choose the top 3 Mental Elf blogs published in 2019 that you feel have the best chance of moving science forward and improving the lives of people living with mental health difficulties.

Share your news

Once you’ve nominated, why not go on Twitter and tell your chums all about it? Tweet this (or something like it):

I’ve just chosen my top 3 Mental Elf blogs from 2019 in the #MentalElfAwards. One of them was that amazing blog about mindfulness by @ProfPiehead. Why don’t you nominate the top 3 blogs that you think were best?

Make 3 little elves very happy by nominating them for the best blog of 2019 prize in our inaugural #MentalElfAwards

Make 3 little elves very happy by nominating them for the best blog of 2019 prize in our inaugural #MentalElfAwards

More nomination categories coming soon!

Over the next few weeks we’ll be announcing 4 more categories that you can nominate in, so look out for those. You never know, maybe you’ll be the recipient of one of our inaugural #MentalElfAwards later in the year!

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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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