There is so much information out there! How do you know what is reliable and what isn’t? In medical school, I learned about the process of distinguishing the good sources from the bad. While there is no way to make sure anything is 100% correct, there are clues to suggest a site is reliable.

A helpful search engine is Health On the Net Foundation (HON). HON's mission is to guide Internet users to reliable understandable accessible and trustworthy sources of medical and health information. They check the reliability and credibility of information of information and display search results that pass their inspection. You can read their review process here and use their search engine here .
 When you look at a site, ask yourself the following questions:

How many ads are there?

Are the author’s names and credentials displayed?

Do they have a reference section?

Are they trying to sell me something?
​Emergency Help

If you are having an emergency you can always call 911. You can also have a look at the Virginia suicide hotline website here or call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 and their website is here


According to the CDC, more than 1 in 20 American Adults report depression. The National Institute of Mental Health website has helpful information on depression. You can download handouts on depression from the World Health Organization's website as well. 
Bipolar Disorder

The   International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) is dedicated to enhancing care and support services for those affected by bipolar disorder, encouraging helpful research and public education. The Black Dog Institute has resources for bipolar disorder as well.  You can also get facts on bipolar disorder and FDA-Approved Treatments from the FDA's website


Some turn to alcohol or drugs to escape sad feelings. You can find treatment for this at  They have 24/7 help at  844-296-0489. When you're addicted to a substance, you're not able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug even if it is harmful. You can read more about this on the Mayo Clinic's website.
Medication Resources

There are programs to help lower the prescription drug cost for Virginia residents;  Fairfax County Prescription Discount Card is one of them.  NeedyMed s and  Partnership for Prescriptions Assistance can also help.

Free Clinics in Virginia

ADAMS Compassionate Healthcare Network (ACHN), is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization committed to providing patient-centered health care to uninsured, low income individuals .  Arlington Free Clinic,   Culmore Clinic,   Loudoun Free Clinic, and  Prince William Area Free Clinic also provide free services.

Test your new research skills! Go to the section on addiction above. Click on the link. You can see that you can contact the webmaster, they give resources, the credentials of the contributors are listed, you aren’t being bombarded with advertisements and, what’s is that at the bottom of their page? A certification from Health on the Net! 

Information provided on the site is meant to complement and not replace any advice or information from a health professional.  For medical advice specifically tailored for you, please schedule an appointment.  The mission of this site it to provide viewers with information on the services provided by Improve Life PLLC. Additionally, we give further resources on mental health and offer information on our volunteer opportunities.  This information is directed towards prospective patients and students interested in health, science, writing, and technology.  Funding for this site is provided by Improve Life PLLC. This website does not accept or host any advertisement. The resources page was last updated on March 23nd,  2017.