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Finding Reliable Mental Health Resources Online

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When you search for mental health information online, it's important to choose websites that are reliable. With so much information online, it can be tough to find sites you can trust. Knowing what to look for and what to avoid can help.

Here are some tips for finding reliable websites.

  • Find out who's sponsoring the site.

    If there is a sponsor, it should be listed in the "about" section on the website. Knowing who sponsors a site and who is providing the information can help you decide how much trust to give it.

  • Check to see when the site was last updated.

    Health information changes often. Look for the website's revision date. This may appear at the bottom of the page. If the site hasn't been updated in a long time, the info could be old or not accurate.

  • Check for facts.

    To help you know if a website uses facts, try to find out if the information has been reviewed by a medical professional. You can also check to see if the info is based on scientific or medical journals. These should be cited or referenced.

  • Review blogs and opinion sites with care.

    Even though they may help by showing you that you're not alone, these sites shouldn't be used for mental health advice.

Online health information is just one resource. It shouldn't take the place of professional help if that's what you need. If you need help finding someone to talk to, ask your doctor for a referral.


Current as of: June 25, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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