The Mental Elf: Finding Reliable, Understandable Mental Health Information

Kaleigh on February 19, 2013

While I was poking around on the internet thinking about what I should write for this blog post, I stumbled on an interesting app and blog that I had never heard of - The Mental Elf.  The Mental Elf is a blog written by five professionals:

  • Eva Alisic, Psychologist and Research Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia
  • Martin Brunet, General Practitioner from the Binscombe Medical Centre
  • Brant Cebulla, Development Director for the Vitamin D Council in California, USA
  • Matt Field, Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool
  • André Tomlin, Managing Director of Minervation Ltd.

These professionals have taken it upon themselves to summarize current, evidence-based mental health publications without the technical language of many research publications.  You can download the Mental Elf App for both iPhone and Android phones (the download link can be found on the website).

Another group that has realized that it's not easy to access and understand research is Healthy Minds Canada.  In 2009, Healthy Minds Canada approached BC Mental health and Addiction Services to organize a Vancouver based Open Minds Across Canada Symposia.  The purpose of the Symposia is for researchers to share their findings with members of the public. 

2013 marks the 5th year of Open Minds Vancouver and we are very excited to be organizing it again!  If there are any topics that are of interest to you, please post them in the comments section below.


Cool find Kaleigh!


I love this app. It is an easy and quick way to stay on top of research related to all areas of mental health!


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This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

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