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Self-help materials can provide valuable education and support for Veterans who may be facing mental health challenges, their friends, and family members. There are a wide variety of self-help materials available and it can sometimes be difficult to select the most useful. VA has assembled a list of reviewer-recommended materials that may be helpful in finding the right option for you. For help in finding these materials, please click the “How to Use” tab.

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These self-help materials are intended to help Veterans in their recovery by offering education about mental health conditions as well as tips and coping strategies for success in regaining wellness. Although not a substitute for direct mental health care, these materials are additional resources that can support and enhance care. This brief guide lists a variety of books, web-resources, and mobile applications that have been reviewed and used by VA experts.

Topic: General Mental HealthTopic: Depression and AnxietyTopic: PTSDTopic: Substance Abuse


The recommended self-help resources are NOT to replace clinical therapy and treatment. If you feel you are in crisis or have thoughts of hurting yourself, please contact VETERAN CRISIS Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1) for help.