New NIHR Mental Health Policy Unit, Zero Suicide Alliance, Understanding Psychosis, #MentalHealthJukebox...
View this email in your browser


The Mental Elf

Join us at 6pm on Wednesday 29th November for the launch of the new NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit. Free tickets are available here and the event will be live streamed and live tweeted for those who can't make it to London.
Top 3 blogs in this issue
Has Time to Change made it time to talk?

Aileen O'Brien publishes her debut blog on a recent study that explored the relationship between anti-stigma programme awareness, disclosure comfort and intended help-seeking regarding a mental health problem.

Sameer Jauhar and Paul Morrison consider the revised Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia report from the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology.
Do we need a Truth and Reconciliation process in psychiatry?

Sarah Carr and Danny Taggart explore the case for truth and reconciliation in psychiatry and mental health services. It's a really thought-provoking blog.
Don't miss these other posts
Family therapy for anorexia: can it create closeness and containment in parent-adolescent relationships?

Sarah McDonald blogs about a recent study that explores the effect of family-based treatment for anorexia on familial relationships.
Bullying in childhood: cause or consequence of mental health problems? #AntiBullyingWeek

Stefan Brugger publishes his debut elf blog on a recent study, which looks at the role of vulnerability and resilience in relation to mental health and bullying in childhood. Today...
Research unit to bring evidence to forefront of mental health policy

Today we announce the launch of the new NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, led by Sonia Johnson from UCL & Paul McCrone from King's, alongside researchers from City, University...
Personal well-being networks for severe mental illness: the importance of being social

The University College London Mental Health Masters students summarise a recent exploratory study on personal well-being networks, social capital and severe mental illness.
Family involvement in acute mental health care

Alison Faulkner carefully considers a recent collaborative conceptual review, which asks why and how families should get involved in acute mental health care.
Dementia care in hospital: training, leadership and culture change needed

Caroline Struthers explores a recent realist review of dementia-friendly interventions to improve the care of people living with dementia admitted to hospitals.
Future self-harm may be reduced with a brief psychological intervention, but perhaps only for the more severe

Angharad de Cates explores a recent RCT of a brief psychological intervention to reduce repetition of self-harm in patients admitted to hospital following a suicide attempt.
Brief behavioural therapy for children and adolescents with anxiety and depression

Mona Jones publishes her debut elf blog on a recent RCT of brief behavioural therapy for paediatric anxiety and depression in primary care.
#MentalHealthJukebox: a new tweet chat to entertain, engage and inspire anyone who likes music and mental health

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...
Dual diagnosis guidance: money talks when it comes to drugs, alcohol and mental illness

Ian Hamilton shares his thoughts on the new PHE dual diagnosis guidance: Better care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions.
Anorexia nervosa: relapse, remission and recovery

Sarah McDonald asks: What happens after treatment? She summarises a recent systematic review of relapse, remission, and recovery in anorexia nervosa.
Patients included? Twitter impact at health care conferences

Amy Price considers the impact that patient participation can have at health care conferences: increased information flow, greater reach and impact, and deeper engagement in the conversation of tweets compared...
Are digital tools the answer to improving employee wellbeing and effectiveness? #WorldMentalHealthDay

It's #WorldMentalHealthDay today and the theme this year is promoting awareness of mental health in the workplace. We're getting in on the act with Chris O'Sullivan looking in detail at...
Neurofeedback for adults with ADHD

Joff Jones summarises a recent RCT comparing neurofeedback, sham neurofeedback, and cognitive-behavioural group therapy in adults with ADHD.
Serious games for mental health: you cannot be serious!

Sasha Danilina is encouraged by the results of the first systematic review with meta-analysis of serious games for mental health, which asks: are they accessible, feasible and effective?
#WalesMHN17 poster competition: vote for best practice in mental health nursing

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...
A spotlight on student mental health in UK universities

Nicky Lambert summarises the recent IPPR report on improving student mental health in the UK's universities, which paints a stark picture that demands urgent attention.
MRI in first episode psychosis

Dan Joyce publishes his debut blog on a recent paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry that considers the feasibility and clinical utility of magnetic resonance imaging in first-episode psychosis.
Is mental malaise the psychological equivalent of obesity?

Stan Kutcher reflects on a recently published briefing paper entitled: mental ill-health among children of the new century, which concluded that one in four 14 year old girls had self-reported...
Insomnia, paranoia and hallucinations: Sleepio CBTi at the OASIS

Jack Barton publishes his debut elf blog on the huge OASIS randomised controlled trial, which explores the effects that improved sleep can have on our mental health.
Preventing anxiety disorders in young people at risk

Belinda Platt reports on a recent systematic review and meta-analysis looking at the prevention of anxiety disorders in at-risk children and adolescents.
Antipsychotics for acute treatment of first episode schizophrenia

Elwira Lubos writes her debut blog on a recent systematic review with pairwise and network meta-analyses, looking at antipsychotic drugs for the acute treatment of patients with first episode schizophrenia.
Predictors of adherence to digital interventions for psychosis

Joe Barnby and Muna Dubad explore a recent systematic review that looks at the potential predictors of adherence to web-based and mobile technologies for people with psychosis.
Psychodynamic programmes for personality disorders: residential versus community treatment

Keir Harding explores a recent study of community-based, step-down, and residential specialist psychodynamic programmes for personality disorders, which includes some surprising findings.
Power to the people: practitioners, patients and power

Rob Allison explores a recent qualitative study of dependence and resistance in community mental health care, which looks at negotiations of user participation between mental health staff and service users.
Genetics of depression: risk factors and protective factors

Marcus Munafò reports on a new genome-wide association study that identifies 44 risk variants and helps us to further refine the genetic architecture of major depressive disorder.
Body dissatisfaction in men. The Body Project: More Than Muscles RCT

Sarah McDonald brings us her monthly round-up of eating disorders research, focusing this month on a randomised controlled trial of The Body Project: More Than Muscles for body dissatisfaction in...
Brief, intensive and concentrated CBT for anxiety disorders in children

Simon Brett summarises a recent systematic review of brief, intensive and concentrated cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety disorders in children, which finds some promising results for this more focused approach...
Suicide-related internet searches following the release of 13 Reasons Why

Angharad de Cates, Alys Cole-King and Stan Kutcher explore a quasi-experimental examination of internet search results, which suggests that the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has both increased suicide awareness...
Mental health apps for young people: an evidence-free zone?

Natalie Nelissen from mHabitat publishes her debut elf blog on a recent systematic review of mental health apps for young people, which highlights the current dearth of reliable research to...
Novel Psychoactive Substances: bridging the knowledge gap

Derek Tracy takes a first look at the Novel Psychoactive Substances in the UK Project; an NIHR-funded empirical and conceptual review that recommends research priorities in the field.
Physical activity and depression: new review confirms high levels of sedentary behaviour

Tayla McCloud summarises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, which found that more than two-thirds of people with depression did not comply with the...
Mindfulness in schools: what next?

Jennifer Hanratty summarises the recent Campbell review on mindfulness-based interventions for improving cognition, academic achievement, behaviour and socioemotional functioning in schools. She considers what school leaders, researchers and policy makers...
People with severe mental illness die younger and things are getting worse

Judith Harrison publishes her debut blog on a recent cohort study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, which shows that the "mortality gap" is increasing for people with bipolar disorder...
How consistent are international treatment guidelines for bipolar disorder?

Steven Marwaha publishes his debut blog on a review article that asks if there is consensus across international evidence-based guidelines for the management of bipolar disorder.
Cannabis use can lead to relapse in psychosis, partially because patients stop taking medication

Thomas Richardson writes his debut blog about a recent prospective analysis of poor medication adherence and risk of relapse associated with continued cannabis use in patients with first-episode psychosis.
Could psychiatric inpatient admission cause suicide?

Alex Langford considers a recent paper about inpatient suicide, which suggests that being on a psychiatric ward may possibly result in people taking their own life.
The trauma of psychosis: high rates of PTSD in first episode psychosis

Jazz Croft considers a recent systematic review about traumatic experiences in first-episode psychosis, which finds that nearly 1 in 3 people with first episode psychosis met diagnostic criteria for PTSD.
Trauma-related childhood hospital admission linked with self-harm and violent crime in young adults

Emily Stapley summarises a recent Danish national cohort study, which looks at self-harm and violent criminality among young people who experienced trauma-related childhood hospital admission.
Does cannabis influence depression?

Rob Allison and Ian Hamilton summarise a recent retrospective twin cohort study that explores the links between cannabis use and depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
Cyberbullying: comparatively rare, not especially damaging or pernicious

Shirley Reynolds reports on a recent population-based cross-sectional study that surveyed 1 in 5 of all 15 year olds in England, to ask them about bullying, cyberbullying and adolescent well-being.
CBT for eating disorders: what impact on quality of life?

Sarah McDonald explores a recent meta-analysis that summarises the effects of cognitive behavioural therapy for eating disorders on quality of life in adults.
iCBT for OCD in young people: study suggests it’s cost-effective, but more research needed

Alastair Canaway on a recent RCT that looks at the cost-effectiveness of therapist-guided internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy for paediatric obsessive–compulsive disorder.
Mental health training programmes for non-mental health professionals

Ian Cummins on a systematic review of mental health training programmes for non-mental health trained professionals coming into contact with people with mental ill health.
Treatments for traumatised refugees: more complex interventions needed

Mina Fazel considers the findings of a recent systematic review of psychosocial interventions for adult refugees and asylum seekers, which highlights the difficulty of generalising findings given the many different...
Sexual orientation and suicidal behaviour: what are the specific risk factors for suicidality in young LGB people?

Alexandra Pitman and Sarah Rowe publish their debut elf blog on a brand new systematic review and meta-analysis looking at sexual orientation and suicidal behaviour in adolescents and young adults....
CBT versus counselling for depression: it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it

Mark Smith channels Ella Fitzgerald whilst reviewing evidence from the 2nd UK National Audit of psychological therapies, which compares CBT and generic counselling in the treatment of depression.
Ecological momentary interventions: smartphones have changed everything and here’s how digital mental health might begin to catch up

Mark Brown is feeling positive about the digital future on mental health after reviewing a new paper about ecological momentary interventions for depression and anxiety.
Should people with schizophrenia be offered depot antipsychotics as first line treatment?

Murtada Alsaif reports on a new nationwide Swedish cohort study that explores the real-world effectiveness of oral and depot antipsychotics for people with schizophrenia.
Parenting factors associated with adolescent alcohol misuse

Natasha Clarke considers a systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies, which looks at modifiable parenting factors associated with adolescent alcohol misuse.
Memory lane: the road to recovery in depression?

Becci Strawbridge explores a prospective cohort study that looks at variation in the recall of socially rewarding information and depressive symptom severity.
Preventing depression in low-income mothers: Head Start RCT in the community

Tayla McCloud appraises the recent Head Start randomised controlled trial measuring the efficacy of a maternal depression prevention strategy.
Off-label antidepressants: limited evidence to support their use

John Baker reports on Canadian study looking at prescriptions of off-label antidepressants in primary care, which concludes that when antidepressants were used outside of their licence, there was usually not...
A PACE-gate or an editorial without perspectives?

This commentary by Kjetil Gundro Brurberg, Signe Flottorp and Aase Aamland was written in response to an invitation from the Editor of the Journal of Health Psychology, who subsequently decided...
Severe mental illness in offspring may not be linked to smoking during pregnancy

Andrew Jones considers a recent cohort study that looks into the associations between maternal smoking during pregnancy and severe mental illness in offspring.
Elves under the microscope: does elf promotion increase research uptake by health professionals?

Sarah Knowles reports on a survey and brief intervention study of the National Elf Service across the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which sheds some light on how best to...
Right People, Right Questions: new survey on young people’s mental health #youngpeopleMHQ

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...
How does age at onset affect outcomes in schizophrenia?

Geoff Davies publishes his debut elf blog about a recent systematic review and meta-analysis looking at age at onset and the outcomes of schizophrenia.
Tetris for PTSD: behavioural intervention unlikely to vaccinate against intrusions

Ioana Cristea disputes the claims of a recent proof-of-concept RCT, which aims to prevent intrusive memories after trauma via a brief intervention involving Tetris computer game play in the emergency...
Investigating the link between loneliness and sleep quality in young people

Ahmed Al-Shihabi and Farhana Mann report on a recent twin study that explores the links between loneliness and sleep quality in young adults.


A new tweet chat to entertain, engage and inspire anyone who likes music and mental health. Join us at 9pm on Sat 25th Nov for our next musical tweet chat. This month, Sophia Rimlinger from MindDistrict will be the guest DJ and the theme is electronic music. Tweet your suggestions to #MentalHealthJukebox.

Zero Suicide Alliance

Because one life lost is one too many.

The launch of the new Zero Suicide Alliance is taking place at the House of Commons on Thu 16th Nov. We will be taking this event #BeyondTheRoom with our live tweeting and podcasting service. You can follow the conversation on Twitter at hashtag #ZSALaunch, listen to our podcast here and check out the FREE Suicide Prevention Training on the website launched today.

Find out more about our Beyond The Room service to help amplify you mental health events.
Sign Up
Copyright © 2017 Minervation Ltd, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences