Featured Online Resources
Comprehensive consumer health resource that provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices, and includes full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more.
Full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources, intended for informational purposes only.
Online access to Salem Press’ Magill’s Medical Guide. It is an up-to-date and easy-to-use compendium of medical information for student researchers, patients and caregivers, covering diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format.
Tutorials created by staff in Chelmsford and libraries across the country, focusing on educational topics across a variety of subjects: business, finance, evaluating online information, health, research skills, and more. Click into any tutorial for a step-by-step guide, with text, graphic, and video instructions. We also take suggestions for new tutorials!
Online access to Salem Press’ Psychology & Mental Health, covering notable theories, people, social issues, life stages, the physiology and anatomy of the nervous system, and diagnoses, disorders, treatments, tests, for various mental illnesses or conditions, all in a simple, easy to use A-Z format.
Health-related print resources are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System. Our catalog is available for searching, but general topics can also be found by browsing the shelf:
- 610 – Medical Sciences General
- 611 – Human Anatomy
- 612 – Human Physiology
- 613 – Promotion of Health
- 614 – Forensic Medicine
- 615 – Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- 616 – Diseases
- 617 – Adult Medicine and Surgery
- 618 – Gynecology, Childbirth and Pediatrics
- 619 – Experimental Medicine and Research
Additional Mental Health and Crisis Resources
- Call2Talk: Operated by United Way of Tri-County, you can access this helpline by calling 2-1-1 or directly by calling 508-532-2255. The helpline’s primary purpose is crisis support. However, they also offer a telecheck program. Telecheck is a phone check-in service for elder adults operated in partnership with BayPath Elder Services and Advocates. Trained call-takers contact seniors weekly to provide support and friendly conversation following sudden life changes.
- The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds – based at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a free on-line educational resource to empower adults to support the mental, emotional and behavioral well-being of the young people in their lives, in challenging times. It’s innovative multimedia platform offers engaging content with blogs (articles, Q+A, practical tips), videos (short films, PSAs, webinars) and a podcast, all regularly updated by new research, current events and user feedback. Topics include anxiety, stress, depression, learning, trauma, suicide, and societal issues like digital media, cyber bullying, plus self-care and resilience building to manage through uncertainty and promote endurance. Many of these resources are available in Spanish.
- Crisis Text Line – Free, nationwide, 24/7 text message service for people in crisis: text HOME to 741741 in the US
- Disabled Persons Protection Commission at (800) 426-9009 – To report abuse of a person with a disability under the age of 60.
- Elder Abuse Hotline: 800-922-2275 – 24/7, report physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, caretaker neglect, financial exploitation, and self neglect of persons 60 years or older. Online or by phone. To report abuse of a person by nursing home or hospital, call the Department of Public Health at (800) 462-5540. Call 911 or local police if you have an emergency or life-threatening situation.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 – 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE – Free, confidential, 24/7 trained support specialists who are ready to help
- Lahey Health Behavioral Services – Provides individual and group therapy for mental health and substance use issues; addiction treatment; family services; mobile crisis teams for behavioral and substance-related emergencies; inpatient psychiatric care, plus home and school-based programs for children and teens
- The Helpline – Free and confidential statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services
- Learn to Cope – Non-profit support network for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs
- National Eating Disorders Association – The largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders
- William James INTERFACE Referral Service: A mental health and wellness referral service that matches your needs with licensed local providers, usually within 2 weeks. The interface is not designated to respond to urgent, emergency, or crisis situations. You can call the helpline toll free 888-244-6843, Monday through Friday 9am-5pm.
Additional Online Resources
General Health Information:
- Choosing Wisely – Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation that seeks to advance a national dialogue on avoiding unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures.
- HealthReach – National collaborative with multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency
- Medline Plus – Information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language consumers can understand
- NCCN Patient Resources – The National Comprehensive Cancer Network is a not-for-profit organization. This web portal links you to over 50 patient guides for various types of cancer, webinars, and other resources for patients and caregivers.
- PubMed Health – Information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions
- Skinsight – Insight from experts about treating and caring for your skin. Includes a rash and skin condition finder
Prescriptions and Medications:
- Merck Manual Consumer – Detailed and informative prescription resource
- Prescribers’ Digital Reference – Trusted information on health knowledge products and services that support prescribing decisions and patient adherence to improve health
- Web Poison Control – Online tool that helps determine if a substance is poisonous and how to respond
- Pill Identifier – Look up pills by color, shape, imprints, or brand name
- Darebee: Funded solely by donations, Darebee offers free workouts, challenges, and guided programs most of which require little to no home equipment. Also includes some simple meal plan and nutrition ideas. Darebee’s programs can be downloaded as PDFs.
- UCLA Health Guided Meditations – For a free introduction to mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own, stream or download the guided meditations recorded by UCLA MARC’s Director of Mindfulness Education, Diana Winston.
- Chelmsford Board of Health’s Facebook Page – Follow the BoH on Facebook and learn about upcoming events
- FDA Consumer Health Information – Replacing the FDA’s print publication, FDA Consumer, this website is the Food and Drug Administration’s source for consumer health and safety information
- MASeniorCare.org – Information on senior care resources in Massachusetts, including a facility finder
- Massachusetts Certified Assisted Living Residences – List of certified assisted-living facilities in MA, from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs
- MA Board of Registration in Medicine – Physician Profiles, including education, training, and experience of all licensed MA physicians
- National Institutes of Health – Health information for the public, scientists, researchers, medical professionals, patients, educators, and students
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Information on diseases and conditions, healthy living, travelers’ health, disaster preparedness, and more.
Resources for Seniors:
- Attorney General’s Elder Hotline (1-888-243-5337); TTY: (617)727-4765 – The Elder Hotline is available to callers Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The hotline, which is staffed by senior volunteers, provides dispute resolution services and is a comprehensive resource for information and referral on a full range of concerns. Common concerns include: Debt and debt collection practices, Health insurance, Home improvement, Landlord/tenant issues, Long-term care insurance, Scam awareness, and Telemarketing.
- AgeSpan: Formerly Elder Services of Merrimack Valley and North Shore. A private non-profit agency serving elders and disabled adults who reside in Northeast Massachusetts. Their mission is to support an individual’s desire to make their own decisions, secure their independence, and remain living in the community safely.
- Executive Office of Elder Affairs – (phone: 800-243-4636) Promotes independence, empowerment, and well-being of older people, individuals with disabilities, and their families. Helps with: prescription drugs, care giving, community resources, local programs, home care, housing and assisted living, and referrals.
- The Green Book Online: A resource guide to programs and services for older adults and persons with disabilities. You can request a print version as well, or check it out from the library.
- Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (H.O.M.E.) – (phone: 1-800-583-5337) Provides comprehensive in-home counseling to low/moderate income elder homeowners on financial home ownership issues to enable successful aging-in-place. Services include: remainder of life planning, budgeting, income maximization, equity conservation, foreclosure prevention, consumer protection, and creative financial options crafted specially for seniors.
- SHINE: The SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program provides free health insurance information and counseling to all Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers. People who have Medicare or who are about to become eligible for Medicare can meet with a counselor to learn about benefits and options available. A counselor will review programs that help people with limited income to pay health care costs. To find a local SHINE counselor and schedule an appointment, call MassOptions at 1-800-243-4636, or. TTY/ASCll (800) 439-2370.