Editorial Policy

We present this policy to explain how the mental health information on our website is gathered, reviewed and updated. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact us.

Mental Health Information, Not Professional Advice

We strive to empower our users with information to help improve their lives. You should be aware that the words, images and tools on our site are provided for informational purposes only and can be used to augment your relationship with your mental health care professional. They are not intended to provide psychological or medical advice, or serve as a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment. Users of our site should always promptly consult with a professional for diagnosis and treatment of specific mental health problems and consult with a physician before starting a fitness regimen. The use of our site is subject to our disclaimer and terms and conditions.

The Editorial Process

A goal of our editorial process is to provide consumer mental health information that will address the most frequent inquiries. New topics are chosen based on consumer interest, new developments that influence current practice, advances in prevention and the prevalence of conditions.

Newly created material may originate from #sicknotweak or a staff or contracted writer, or a Professional Advisory Board member. All text pieces, graphics and tools are subject to a standardized review process.

Quality Mental Health Information

We go to great lengths to attain our goal of providing accurate, current and useful mental health information. To do this, we primarily rely on the expertise of our experts and Professional Advisory Board. Before material created by us is posted on our site, mental health professionals review the material for clinical accuracy. Our site also contains material created by others, news services (such as The Associated Press), government agencies, non-profit organizations (Centre For Addiction And Mental Health) and other content partners.

Our Partners and Content Sources

  • #sicknotweak has relationships with several government agencies and non-profit organizations that provide material for our site. We use material from agencies and organizations that have been approved as quality sources of information by our primary academic partner.
  • Like many other major health websites, #sicknotweak uses news articles provided by prominent news agencies (such as the Associated Press).
  • We also use materials, including information and databases, licensed to us from third parties.

Source Identifications

We want you to know the source of the material you are viewing on our site. You can find this source information on all material. These are the types of source identifications you will see, either at the top or the bottom of the material:

  • Author’s name without a specific affiliation usually denotes content created specifically and originally for #sicknotweak.
  • Material provided by government agencies and non-profit organizations is identified by the name and/or logo of the agency or organization at the top of the material.
  • “Used by permission of the copyright owner.” When this notation appears at the bottom of an article and no agency or organization name appears at the top of the article, the material was used with the permission of the original copyright owner.
  • News articles are identified with a date at the top of the article and the name and/or logo of the news service at the beginning of the article.
  • The source of material from other third parties is identified in the material.

Linking to External Web Sites

Our website provides links to many other websites, federal agencies and some private organizations that we feel may be of benefit to our site users. These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement. #sicknotweak routinely reviews all of the sites to determine whether or not these sites, to the best of their knowledge, produce quality, accurate, and unbiased information. These external links open in a different browser window.

Editorial Independence

#sicknotweak maintains absolute editorial independence. That means that #sicknotweak makes decisions about the information on our site free of outside influence. To maintain clinical accuracy, however, the mental health professionals involved in the review process have editorial control over the clinical accuracy in the materials we create for our site.

Current Information

We strive to update articles and tools developed by us and our primary partners at least every two years. The date of the most recent review or update is noted at the top or bottom of each article or tool.

Government agencies and non-profit organizations often mark material with the date it was created and keep that date as long as the material remains current. We check with these agencies and organizations that material dated over two years ago remains current. The original date remains on the material, but we add a line – “Current as of …” – to indicate the last date we checked with the source that the material remains current.


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