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Knowledge is Power - Finding health information to support recovery

You can find a vast amount of health information from a variety of sources – books, leaflets, websites, social media and online support groups. But how can you determine which information is reliable and the most trustworthy?

These informal sessions, ran by our resident Library and Knowledge Service, will give you the knowledge to be able to search for reliable health information when looking for advice on specific conditions, treatments and interventions.

Each session can be tailored to your individual needs and include:

  • How to find books and research in the library
  • How to search for reliable health information online
  • How to find local support groups
  • How to find specialist organisations

To arrange a session, please contact library@gmmh.nhs.uk. Sessions are available during library opening hours (Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm).

Venues

The Curve Library, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL

Knowledge Service, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, 1st Floor, Fallowfield Library, Platt Lane, Manchester M14 7FB

 

Finding reliable health information online

When looking for advice on specific conditions, look for well-known organisations and charities, such as NHS Choices, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society or MIND. Look for sites which end in .org (not-for-profit organisations) or .gov (government run).

NHS Choices, for example, has been certified as a producer of reliable health and social care information by The Information Standard, which is a certification scheme to help people decide which information is trustworthy