Health Information Week, in the first week of July, is a multi-sector campaign to promote good quality health resources that are available to the public. The campaign aims to encourage partnership working across sectors.
Where do you get the information you need to support your health? Friends or family? GP or pharmacist? Library books? Google?
Instead of using Google, try using trusted sites for example NHS Choices, which gives reliable health information and guidance on all aspects of health and healthcare, including a look at the facts without the fiction behind news headlines.
If you do use Google, think about the information you find, such as:
- Author – who wrote the webpage? Do you trust that person?
- Ownership – e.g. is it an NHS or university webpage? From the UK or elsewhere?
- Potential bias – is the webpage asking for money / selling drugs / offering "cures"?
- Date – can you see how recent the information is?
Local public libraries have lots of books to borrow which encourage wellbeing and self-help, including Reading Well Books on Prescription for Young People, for Dementia and for Adult Mental Health.
Local Health Information Week events:
Wednesday 5th July: Drink Wise Age Well information stand for the public in the main entrance of Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital 10am – 2pm.