Health and Mental Health

General Health and Medicine

Medical Library Association: Top Health Websites
These sites recommended by the national Medical Library Association as reliable and useful are good starting places.
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information about current public health concerns, statistics, and a guide to health reference by topic are among this site’s offerings.
Continuous Chest Compression CPR video
This video from the University of Arizona shows how to apply continuous chest compression CPR.
Drugs (Pharmaceuticals)
Find reliable information on prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs and supplements at these sites: ConsumerMedSafety.orgMayo ClinicMedlinePlus.
Health information for the whole family from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Gale Onefile: Health and Medicine
Discover periodicals and reference book content supporting research in health studies. (SCC students, check with librarian for password.)
Go Ask Alice!
Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet resource produced by Alice! Health Promotion at Columbia University — a division of Columbia Health. Award-winning site with plenty of information. serves as the premier source of information regarding heat and health for the nation.
Mayo Clinic
Online site for the Mayo Clinic with information about diseases, health & fitness, drugs, first aid, and answers from doctors.
Mayo Clinic: First-Aid Guide
Medical emergencies don’t occur every day. But when they do, information can help you deal with these situations.
Medical Terms
MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 1000 diseases and conditions. There are directories, a medical encyclopedia, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
Hand-picked health information from A to Z prevention & wellness, diseases & conditions, and alternative medicineplus medical dictionaries, an encyclopedia, journals, and more.
National Cancer Institute
Conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer.
National Institutes of Health – Health Information
The NIH website offers health information for the public, scientists, researchers, medical professionals, patients, educators, and students. The Site has extensive information on funding and training opportunities, clinical trials, health news and links to the many Institutes and Centers that make-up the NIH.
National Library of Medicine
Search biomedical literature, Find medical terminologies, Search NLM collections, Read about diseases, Learn about drugs, Explore history, Find a clinical trial, Use a medical dictionary, Find free full-text articles. Includes access to MedlinePlus, PubMed, and other databases and materials.
New York State Department of Health
Health information, health news, information for individuals and for health providers, links to Health Topics A to Z, and more.
Poison Help
Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, including an emergency number and links to local Poison Center websites.
Red Cross Mobile Apps and Voice-Enabled Skills/Actions iOS, Android
These free apps aim to help you deal with emergencies, from First aid to monitoring for local emergencies and weather conditions.
We’re a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. … There’s a lot of confusing, misleading, and just plain wrong health information on the Web. Our mission is to tell it to you straight. Health
Find health resources from the government.
Diseases, family, fitness, a drug database, a calorie counter, and current health news are covered at this site.
World Health Organization
Information on health and disease around the world.


General Drug Abuse

HelpGuide: Addiction
When you’re stuck in the cycle of addiction, recovery can seem out of reach. But no matter how powerless you feel, change is possible with the right treatment, coping strategies, and support.
MedLinePlus: Drug Use and Addiction
Drug abuse also plays a role in many major social problems, such as drugged driving, violence, stress, and child abuse…. But the best is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.
National Drug Abuse Hotline Numbers: Free Addiction Help 24/7
Here’s a list of resources for people seeking information on addiction treatment and substance abuse. These are national abuse hotline numbers that operate nationwide.
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Research Topics
Articles about drugs, addiction, prevention, treatment, and related topics. Includes a section for Parents & Educators with articles focusing on the latest science-based information about drug use, health, and the developing brain.
NOVA: The Cannabis Question
Through a series of video clips from the film, this collection will help students better understand cannabis and its risks and benefits. Selections from a NOVA documentary.
SAMHSA: Find Support
Find Support for issues with mental health, drugs, or alcohol from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health services Administration.
WebMD: Substance Abuse & Addiction Resource Center
Blog posts, articles, and videos about drugs, drug abuse, and addiction recovery.


Alcohol & Drug Info
Find information about alcohol poisoning, other drug emergencies, how to help a friend, reducing your risk, and more.
Alcohol Problems and Solutions
Facts, statistics, tips, drinking and driving, alcohol and youth, health issues… this site has it all.
Broome County STOP-DWI Program
Information about our community STOP-DWI program. Includes statistics and links to related sites. Alcohol Abuse
Discusses what alcohol abuse is, signs and symptoms, short and long-term effects, interactions with other drugs, treatment, statistics, and teens and alcohol.
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Alcohol
Why does alcohol cause people to act and feel differently? How much is too much? Why do some people become addicted while others do not? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is researching the answers to these and many other questions about alcohol.
Medline Plus: Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
Offers a summery about alcohol abuse and links to other pages on specific aspects of the issue.

Cigarettes, Tobacco

10 of the Worst Diseases Smoking Causes
Smoking cigarettes will kill you, but before you die, you could experience some pretty terrible diseases and health conditions from smoking. Here are some of the most gruesome diseases caused by smoking. provides information from various Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operating and staff divisions. Topics covered include: About Tobacco, Health Effects, Quit Now, Don’t Start
CDC Fact Sheet – Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking
Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in general.
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
An article from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
NY SmokeFree
Information about smoking and how to quit from a cancer center in Buffalo.
Office of the Surgeon General: Tobacco Reports And Publications
Explore the wide range of publications below on how we can protect all Americans from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine and prevent our youth from starting to use tobacco in the first place.
Toxic Chemicals in Cigarettes
If you smoke cigarettes or e-cigarettes, every puff puts poisons, toxic metals, and carcinogens into your bloodstream.1 In fact, of the more than 7,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, at least 250 are dangerous to your health, and at least 69 of those can cause cancer.

E-Cigarettes, Vaping

5 Vaping Facts You Need to Know
Michael Blaha, M.D., M.P.H., director of clinical research at the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, shares the truth about vaping.
CDC: Electronic Cigarettes
Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of using e-cigarettes.
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Vaping Devices (Electronic Cigarettes) DrugFacts
An article about e-cigarettes, how they work, and their health effects. (Jan. 2020)
Nearly 2,000 Chemicals—Some Potentially Harmful—Found in Vaping Aerosols
Researchers discover industrial chemicals, a pesticide and caffeine during analysis of popular vaping products. (October 2021)
A potted history of smoking, and how we’re making the same mistakes with vaping
An Australian article discussing the history of smoking, its advertising, and health issues, and issues with vaping today. (March 2023)
Toxic Chemicals in Cigarettes
If you smoke cigarettes or e-cigarettes, every puff puts poisons, toxic metals, and carcinogens into your bloodstream.1 In fact, of the more than 7,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, at least 250 are dangerous to your health, and at least 69 of those can cause cancer.

Eating Disorders

6 Common Types of Eating Disorders (and Their Symptoms)
Eating disorders are a range of psychological conditions that cause unhealthy eating habits to develop. … In severe cases, eating disorders can cause serious health consequences and may even result in death if left untreated.
National Eating Disorders Association: Learn
Articles about eating disorders, body image, and related issues.
NIMH: Eating Disorders
There is a commonly held misconception that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are actually serious and often fatal illnesses… Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
NIMH: Eating Disorders: About More Than Food
Eating disorders are not a choice. These disorders can affect a person’s physical and mental health. In some cases, they can be life-threatening. With treatment, however, people can recover completely from eating disorders.
Office on Women’s Health: Body Image and Mental Health
Developing a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude is crucial to a woman’s happiness and wellness. Read on for tips to have a healthy body image. Includes fact sheets on eating disorders.
TeensHealth: Food & Fitness
Ever wonder if some diets are really safe? Or how you can excel at sports? Get the lowdown on healthy eats, dieting, strength training, eating disorders, steroids, and more.

Opioids Opiods
Facts, statistics, and articles from the Centers for Disease Control.
CDC: Understanding the Opioid Overdose Epidemic
A look at statistics and trends in the opiod epidemic.
Mayo Clinic: What are opioids and why are they dangerous?
When used as directed by your doctor, opioid medications safely help control acute pain, such as pain you experience after surgery. There are risks, though, when the medications are used incorrectly.
MedlinePlus: Opioid Misuse and Addiction
Abuse can include taking too much medicine, taking someone else’s medicine, taking it in a different way than you are supposed to, or taking the medicine to get high. Opioid abuse, addiction, and overdoses are serious public health problems in the United States.
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Opiods
Learn about the health effects of prescription opioids and read the DrugFacts on Fentanyl, Heroin, and Prescription Opioids.


CDC: Physical Activity
There is no need to think of strenuous workouts that are painful and boring. Instead, imagine doing fun physical activities you enjoy and look forward to. Do physical activity for enjoyment and watch the health benefits follow! Prevention and Wellness
First aid, nutrition, stress, physical activity, addictions, safety, and other topics are covered on this website.
Joe’s Goals
Use the simple single page interface to setup daily goals and track them with just a click. Watch your daily score to gage your success and use negative goals (or vices) to confront and overcome bad habits that finally need to get the boot.
Healthy living site with helpful Calorie Counters.
MayoClinic: Fitness
Find fitness information and expert exercise advice on walking, sports nutrition, strength training, sports medicine and sports injuries.
MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness
Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems.
MedlinePlus: Sports Fitness
Sports health and fitness information from the National Library of Medicine.
MedlinePlus: Sports Injuries
Information on injuries and conditions which affect athletes from the National Library of Medicine.
NIH: Sports Injuries
Information and links to further pages from the National Institutes of Health.
Shape America
This website is designed to provide you with the latest information about safe weight management, healthy eating, increased activity and physical fitness.
VeryWell Health
Verywell Health is an award-winning resource for credible, fact-based, and up-to-date information you need to confidently make health choices for yourself and your loved ones. Topics includes diseases, first aid, health care, diet and nutrition, and other health-related topics.

Mental Health

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones…
APA – Mental Health
News, articles, podcasts and further resources from the American Psychological Association.
BC Safe
Broome County Suicide Awareness For Everyone is [a] local suicide prevention coalition in Broome County whose mission is to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts by increasing public awareness and providing educational and training resources.
Community Counseling & Other Resources
The following resources can be used to help you find mental health treatment services. From the SCC Guidance Department.
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a volunteer Crisis Counselor. Free 24/7 support at your fingertips.
Local Resources
Clear and well-organized site which provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.
NIMH: Mental Health Information
NIMH: Child and Adolescent Mental Health
From the National Institute of Mental Health, expert-reviewed information on mental disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest mental health research.
Parents’ Guide to Teen Depression
Discusses the signs and symptoms of teenage depression.
SAMHSA: Find Support
Find Support for issues with mental health, drugs, or alcohol from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health services Administration.
Teen Central
Information and tools for teens to learn about dealing with anger management issues, depression, grief, substance use and other topics.
Information about health for teens, including both mental and physical health and safety issues.
VeryWell: Depression
When dealing with depression, it’s important to remember you are not alone. Read on to find more about symptoms, treatment options, and more.
VeryWell: An Overview of Stress Management
Stress about school, friends, exams, and life in general can make you tired, sick, and depressed, and anxious. Learn about stress, what causes it, and how to deal with it.
WebMD: Mental Health Center
Millions of Americans live with various types of mental illness and mental health problems, such as social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, drug addiction, and personality disorders.
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
The Light for Life Foundation Int’l/Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® is dedicated to preventing suicide and attempts by Making Suicide Prevention Accessible to Everyone and Removing Barriers to Help.


Calorie Control Council
Calorie calculators, exercise calculator, body mass index calculator, and more.
CDC: Nutrition
CDC nutrition efforts support public health strategies and programs that improve dietary quality, support healthy child development, and reduce chronic disease.
Center for Science in the Public Interest
As one of the nation’s top consumer advocates, CSPI will keep fighting for government policies and corporate practices that promote healthy diets, prevent deceptive marketing practices, and ensure that science is used to promote the public welfare.
The USDA shows a graphic representation of a balanced diet. – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Includes fact sheets, papers, a reading list, and food pyramid information.
Eat Well Guide
Search over 25,000 hand-picked restaurants, farms, markets and other sources of local, sustainable food.
The FOOD Museum
This is the on-line home of The FOOD Museum, your source for food exhibits, examination of food issues and resources, food history, food fun, food news on The FOOD Museum’s interactive Blog, answers to your food questions, and the museum’s favorite places and things, including restaurants, cafes, books, and films.
FoodPrint: Making Sense of Food
FoodPrint will help you make food choices that do less harm to the environment, animals and people.
Food safety, proper food handling and storage, foodborne diseases, and related topics.
Food Storage Healthy Eating
This guide is full of tips for staying healthy whether eating in or going out.
How to get your daily servings of vegetables and fruit: A visual guide
Most people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables each day to best support their health, and some of that might stem from the fact that serving size guidelines are so ambiguous. … If you’re trying to increase your fruit and veggie consumption, use this photo guide to help make sense of servings.
MayoClinic: Nutrition and Healthy Eating
While it’s true that what is known about nutrition and diet is evolving, there are some nutrition basics you can keep in mind. By knowing these nutrition basics, you’ll be better equipped to sort through the latest research and advice.
Nutrition Calculator
Nutrition calculator computes nutrition facts and analysis for the whole meal. Put individual items together to make a meal.
Food facts, food safety, lifestyle issues, and health management are some of the subjects covered in this website.
USDA: Food and Nutrition Information Center
FNIC strives to serve the professional community, including educators, health professionals and researchers, by providing access to a wide range of trustworthy food and nutrition resources from both government and non-government sources. The FNIC website provides information about food and human nutrition.
What Does 200 Calories Look Like?
Some foods have significantly more Calories than others but what does the difference actually look like. Each of the photographs below represents 200 Calories of the particular type of food; the images are sorted from low to high calorie density.
What Do 300 Calorie Meals Look Like?
Here is a selection of meals that are in the 300-400 Calorie range. The visual representation gives an idea of portion size.


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8 Psychology Basics You Need to Know
Psychology may seem like a vast and daunting topic at first, but understanding a few basic facts can make it easier to get started.
AACAP: Families and Youth
Short articles from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology.
AllPsych is one of the largest, most comprehensive, and most referenced psychology websites on the Internet. Includes dictionary, timeline, biographies, online Psychology 101 textbook, and more.
Annenberg Learner: Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition (video)
Discovering Psychology provides an overview of historic and current theories of human behavior. A video instructional series on introductory psychology for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 26 half-hour video programs.
Annenberg Learner: The Brain: Teaching Modules (video)
This series offers extensive footage and research into the inner workings of this amazing human organ. Video teaching modules for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 32 video modules (from 5 to 20 minutes in length) and guide.
Classics in the History of Psychology
An effort to make the full texts of a large number of historically significant public domain documents from the scholarly literature of psychology and allied disciplines available on the World Wide Web.
Gale Onefile: Health and Medicine
Articles on health related issues, including psychology. (Check with librarian for password.)
Extensive information from a doctor of psychology.
ScienceDaily: Mind & Brain News
Current news in psychology and brain science.
Scientific American: Mind
Scientific American: Mind Matters (blog)
Articles on the brain, psychology, and related issues.
TED: Ideas About Psychology (video)
What makes us tick? These TED Talks — from psychologists and journalists, doctors and patients — share the latest research on why we do what we do.
VeryWell: Mind
Numberous articles discussing mental health, self-improvement, psychology, and related news.
VeryWell: Psychology
Explore the various types of psychology, their history, and the major theorists behind them and apply this knowledge to your own mental and emotional well-being.
Wikibooks: Introduction to Psychology
A crowd-sourced online book about psychology.
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