People often ask me: What’s the best thing about being the Mental Elf?
The tight fitting green spandex costume and the chafing winkle-pickers?
– Err, no.
The hoards of screaming pixies that follow me around the woodland, swooning in adulation at my knowledge of confidence intervals?
– No, admittedly that was great at first, but these things fade.
The sense of satisfaction and pride you get from helping people keep up to date with evidence-based research?
– Well sure, that’s just lovely, but no, there’s something even better…
The fellowship? The groovy feeling you get from being a part of the mental health community? The warm and open friendship? The mutual support and respect?
– That’s the fella! We got there in the end :-)
The poor elflings…
Building this website has been incredibly hard work, but it’s also been the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. Some days (and nights) the last thing I want to do is write up another blog, but I’m always inspired by the simple knowledge that there are people out beyond the woodland waiting for the new post.
It’s been an utter joy to hear all the positive feedback from everyone who has taken the time to contact me and say how the site has helped them with their health, or their work, or their studies. It’s a cliché, but it does make it all worthwhile, so thank you!
National Elf Service
We are launching a brand spanking new website this week and we’ll be posting lots more about it in the next few days, so look out for the videos and blogs and tweets. All of the elves are trembling in their subterranean hidey-holes; feeling a combination of trepidation and excitement.
The new site has loads of exciting new features that will help you:
- Keep up to date with the latest research
- Connect with colleagues and experts in your field
- Track your learning and contribute to your professional development
If you’ve ever dreamt about becoming an elf, the time is drawing near when your dream may just come true…
#ElfieSelfies – your chance to publicly support the elves!
To mark the launch of the new site we are announcing a new social media campaign, which everyone can get involved in. It’s simple, elfy fun and we can’t wait to see how you all run with it.
Take an #ElfieSelfie and support your National Elf Service!
There are 4 simple steps:
- Choose the Elf that best matches your area of interest
- Download the PDF and print it or stick it on your favoured digital device
- Take a photo of YOU and your ELF
- Tweet the photo using the #ElfieSelfie hashtag
Many other elves are available!
Download the PDF #ElfieSelfie for your favourite bright-eyed, pointy-eared tiddler:
- The Child Elf (PDF)
- The Commissioning Elf (PDF)
- The Dental Elf (PDF)
- The Diabetes Elf (PDF)
- The Lifestyle Elf (PDF)
- The Stroke Elf (PDF)
Artistic license is wholly encouraged
We want your #ElfieSelfie to be an honest, joyful and free expression of your feeling for the elves. Show us how you feel in your photos. We will share them all with the world!
Need printed #ElfieSelfie cards? No problem
Librarians, lecturers, teachers and inkwell monitors may prefer to circulate printed versions of these beautiful #ElfieSelfie cards to their students, colleagues and friends. You can request printed versions by emailing us your name, postal address, email and the number of cards you would like to receive: firstname.lastname@example.org