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National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health is an excellent starting place for credible mental health information. Content includes information about 16 mental health issues like anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). General information on different therapies are also available. The website is up-to-date and in-line with current medical thinking on mental health issues.

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Review Date: 8/30/2018

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Ease of Use

The website contains a good deal of information, most of it regarding research. However, the patient-focused information is clearly organized within the "Health Information" tab, containing virtually all the consumer health information. Mental health topics are alphabetically ordered. Users can even browse content by treatment or population. The site's search bar helpfully allows users to filter results by website section and date.

Visual Design

Professional design with aesthetic blue-and-white color scheme. Aside from the homepage, there is a consistent lack of images on the site's text-heavy pages. But the page layout is consistent, and the use of bold headers and bullet points guides users through the text.

Quality

This website covers essential, introductory information about several of the most common mental health conditions and treatment. Content here goes into the required level of detail to steer readers in the right direction, but not enough to give them a complete picture. The information is scientifically accurate and in-line with the latest mental health guidelines.

Credibility

The website does not cite its authors or sources. However, sponsorship by the U.S. government provides it a substantial amount of credibility as a reliable source. Articles even include a date of last revision, most within the last 1-2 years.

Pros

  1. Covers common mental health disorders including causes, symptoms, and treatment
  2. Materials include clearly written, well-researched articles, many available for download
  3. Helpful section listing warning signs of mental health specific to children and adolescents, men, women, and older adults
  4. Cites highly reliable government sources

Cons

  1. Could benefit from more multimedia resources to help explain ocassionally complex articles
  2. Does not cover as wide a range of mental health disorders as similar websites
  3. Most of the site's content is devoted to research
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Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Telephone helpline, downloadable brochures, fact sheets, videos, podcasts, newsletter, clinical trials, online chat

Languages: English

Contact: nimhinfo@nih.gov

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