Top 10 blogs to follow for great mental health

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Mental health blogs play a crucial role in addressing the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. Here is a list of mental health blogs that offer a wealth of information, insight, and interesting contents.

1. The Mental Elf: Founded by André Tomlin in 2011, was originally created to share André’s experience and knowledge from years of working in mental health. Before long he had a group of colleagues contributing to the blog.

The Mental Elf helps you stay up-to-date with the latest research and guidance in mental health, covering everything from reports on preventing mental illness to a new approach to cognitive behavioural therapy.

2. National Institute of Mental Health: This is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centrers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world.

NIH is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

3. Welldoing: This London-based blog is devoted to mental health, self-development and well being, with its own directory of therapists and counsellors. Welldoing ranks well on search results and has a good following on social media.

They have gathered a wide range of information, tips and advice about all aspects of health and well being, alongside an innovative therapist directory of professional mind and body practitioners from across the UK.

4. Mental Health Foundation: The Mental Health Foundation is a UK charity that aims to improve your mental health. Regular posts come from a number of different contributors, from people across the charity and others who work in mental health and are passionate about helping people practise self-care and mindfulness.

The Mental Health Foundation Blog provides helpful advice and insight into mental health, covering bigger issues such as the link between poverty and mental well-being and how to improve mental health in schools.

5. Mind Hacks: Gives Neuroscience and psychology tricks to find out what’s going on inside your brain.

This blog is maintained by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb, who are also the authors of the book, Mind Hacks.

6. Psychreg: Based in the UK, it is founded by Dennis Relojo-Howell, the world’s first blog psychologist. Psychreg is recognised as a highly commended blog by the UK Blog Awards.

Launched in 2014 as a directory, it soon evolved into publishing articles on psychology and mental health, hosting a podcast, and having its own open access publication.

7. Psychology Today: Launched in 1967 and continues to thrive. This site gathers a group of renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and writers to contribute their thoughts and ideas on what makes us tick.

8. The Psychologist: The official monthly publication of The British Psychological Society, it serves as a forum for communication, discussion and debate on a range of mental health topics.

They publish a wide range of scientific, professional and personal formats aimed at a large and diverse audience: The Psychologist is read by more than 50,000 Society members.

9. National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organisation dedicated to building better lives for the millions worldwide affected by mental illness.

10. Psych Central: The largest and oldest independent mental health social network. Since 1995, this award-winning website has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 250 support groups to consumers.

They have over 185,000 subscribers for their weekly newsletter and a good following on social media.

Jason Smith did his degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.