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Although this website focuses on evidence-based treatments for depression and insomnia, effective treatments and tools are now available for many different invisible wounds. This section provides information about treatment, educational resources, and self-help tools for various conditions. We hope the resources listed in this section are helpful to you or someone you care about for taking the next step – whether that is learning more, developing new skills, or reaching out for support.

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  1. Depression

    What is Depression?

    Depression: What You Need to Know

    This booklet, from the National Institute of Mental Health, provides science-backed information and publications about depression and different types of available treatments.

    Anxiety and Depression Association of America

    This website, from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, provides information about depression and anxiety, treatment options, personal stories of individuals with depression and anxiety, and tips for military personnel and Veterans.

    NIHSeniorHealth

    This webpage, from the National Institute of Aging and the National Library of Medicine, includes specific information and resources on depression in older adults.

    Mobile Apps & Online Tools

    Mood Coach

    This free app, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, teaches strategies for increasing positive and meaningful activities in life to improve mood.

    MoodTools

    This free app provides information about depression, videos to help improve mood, positive activities, a thought diary, and a suicide safety plan.

    Pacifica CBT Therapy Tools

    This app includes both free and paid content for teaching specific CBT skills for managing stress and symptoms of depression and anxiety, including deep breathing and identifying and changing negative thinking patterns.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression

    What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression?

    VA Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression brochure

    This brief brochure provides information about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression treatment for Veterans.

    WebMD: Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression

    This article, from WebMD, provides information about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression, the steps to treatment, and what it looks like.

    Research and Evaluation Studies

    Karlin, B. E., Brown, G. B., Trockel, M., Cunning, D., Zeiss, A. M., & Taylor, C. B. (2012). National dissemination of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system: Therapist and patient-level outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80(5), 707–718.

    Karlin, B. E., Trockel, M., Brown, G. K., Gordienko, M., Yesavage, J., & Taylor, C. B. (2013). Comparison of the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression among older versus younger veterans: Results of a national evaluationThe Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 70(1), 3-12.

    Brown, G. K., Karlin, B. E., Trockel, M., Gordienko, M., Yesavage, J., & Taylor, C. B. (2016). Effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for veterans with depression and suicidal ideationArchives of Suicide Research20(4), 677-682.

    Hofmann, S. G., Asnaani, A., Vonk, I. J., Sawyer, A. T., & Fang, A. (2012). The efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy: A review of meta-analysesCognitive Therapy and Research36(5), 427-440.

  2. Insomnia

    What is Insomnia?

    National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute

    This webpage, from the National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute, provides an overview of insomnia, including causes, signs and symptoms, and information about different treatment options.

    National Center on Sleep Disorders Research

    This webpage, from the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, provides an interactive sleep quiz and educational information about sleep and sleep disorders.

    Mobile Apps & Online Tools

    CBT-i Coach

    This free app, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia treatment. It is designed to help Veterans learn more about how sleep works and how to make changes to your approach to sleep.

    Improve Your Sleep: A Self-Guided Approach for Veterans with Insomnia

    This free workbook, developed by sleep experts in the Department of Veterans Affairs, provides a self-guided approach to help Veterans with insomnia improve their sleep. It may be used alone or along with the CBT-i Coach mobile app listed above.

    Sleepio

    This web-based program, available for purchase, is a self-paced approach to CBT for insomnia treatment.

    SHUTi

    This web-based program, available for purchase, is a self-paced approach to CBT for insomnia treatment.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

    What is CBT for Insomnia?

    VA Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia brochure

    This brief brochure provides information about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia for Veterans.

    National Sleep Foundation

    This webpage, from the National Sleep Foundation, provides information about the different parts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia through the treatment experience of “Christine,” a Navy swim and safety instructor. The National Sleep Foundation website also includes videos explaining the science of sleep, insomnia, and the link between chronic pain and sleep problems.

    Research and Evaluation Studies

    Trockel, M., Karlin, B. E., Taylor, C. B., & Manber, R. (2014). Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia with veterans: evaluation of effectiveness and correlates of treatment outcomesBehavior Research and Therapy53, 41-46.

    Karlin, B. E., Trockel, M., Spira, A. P., Taylor, C. B., & Manber, R. (2015). National evaluation of the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia among older versus younger veteransInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry30(3), 308-315.  

    Trockel, M., Karlin, B. E., Taylor, C. B., Brown, G. K., & Manber, R. (2015). Effects of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia on suicidal ideation in veteransSleep38(2), 259-265.

    Trauer, J. M., Qian, M. Y., Doyle, J. S., Rajaratnam, S. M., & Cunnington, D. (2015). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for chronic insomnia: A systematic review and meta-analysisAnnals of Internal Medicine, 163(3),191-204.

  3. Suicide

    Information about Suicide

    Veterans and Military Crisis Line

    The Veterans and Military Crisis Line provides Veterans and Military Service members in emotional distress or crisis and their families and friends with caring and confidential support and guidance from trained responders. Support is available though toll-free hotline, online chat, and text messaging service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You may also take a confidential self-check quiz. A responder will leave a personal response for you within 30 minutes.

    VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)

    This webpage, from the Rocky Mountain MIRECC, provides a variety of suicide prevention resources and educational materials for Veterans and family members.

    National Institute for Mental Health

    This webpage, from the National Institute for Mental Health, provides information, publications, and resources related to suicide and suicide prevention.

  4. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    What is PTSD?

    PTSD Basics

    This webpage, from the National Center for PTSD, provides information about PTSD, different types of trauma, and treatment options. Information is provided in both English and Spanish.

    What is PTSD video

    This short video, produced by the National Center for PTSD, provides an easy to understand overview of PTSD.

    National Institute for Mental Health

    This website, from the National Institute of Mental Health, provides information about PTSD, PTSD symptoms, and effective treatments.

    AboutFace

    This website, from the National Center for PTSD, provides stories of real Veterans who have PTSD and who have received treatment.

    Mobile Apps & Online Tools

    PTSD Coach

    This free app, developed by the National Center for PTSD, provides information and teaches skills for coping with symptoms of PTSD.

    PTSD Family Coach

    This free app, developed by the National Center for PTSD, offers resources to support family members of those living with PTSD.

    Mindfulness Coach

    This free app, developed by the National Center for PTSD, teaches mindfulness skills to help reduce stress and increase ability to cope with unpleasant thoughts and emotions.

    Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for PTSD

    What are Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for PTSD?

    PTSD Treatment: Know Your Options video

    This video offers an overview of the different types of treatment that are available for PTSD.

    Evidence-Based Treatment for PTSD video

    This video describes what evidence-based treatments for PTSD are.

    Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD video

    This video introduces Cognitive Processing Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD highly recommended by experts.

    Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD video

    This video introduces Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), an evidence-based treatment for PTSD highly recommended by experts.

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for PTSD video

    This video introduces Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based treatment for PTSD highly recommended by experts.

    VA Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD brochure

    This brief brochure provides an overview of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD.

    VA Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD brochure

    This brief brochure provides an overview of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for PTSD overview

    This webpage, from the National Center for PTSD, provides an overview of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for PTSD.

    Research and Evaluation Studies

    Eftekhari, A., Ruzek, J. I., Crowley, J., Rosen, C., Greenbaum, M. A., & Karlin, B. E. (2013). Effectiveness of national implementation of Prolonged Exposure Therapy in VA care. JAMA Psychiatry, 70(9), 949-955.

    Powers, M. B., Halpern, J. M., Ferenschak, M. P., Gillihan, S. J., & Foa., E. B. (2010). A meta-analytic review of prolonged exposure for posttraumatic stress disorderClinical Psychology Review, 30(6), 635–641

    Forbes, D., Lloyd, D., Nixon, R. D. V., Elliott, P. Varker, T., Perry, D., . . . Creamer, M. (2012). A multisite randomized controlled effectiveness trial of cognitive processing therapy for military-related posttraumatic stress disorderJournal of Anxiety Disorders, 26(3), 442–452.

    Monson, C. M., Schnurr, P. P., Resick, P. A., Friedman, M. J., Young-Xu, Y., & Stevens, S. P. (2006). Cognitive processing therapy for veterans with military-related posttraumatic stress disorderJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74(5), 898-907.

    Chen, Y., Hung, K., Tsai, J., Chu, H., Chung, M., Chen, S., . . . Chou, K. R. (2014). Efficacy of eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing for patients with posttraumatic-stress disorder: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e103676.

  5. Substance use disorders

    What are Substance Use Disorders?

    Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health

    This website and accompanying booklet, from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, provides information about healthy and unhealthy drinking patterns, signs of a possible problem with alcohol, and self-help tools.

    Drinker’s Checkup

    This website provides information and individualized feedback related to an individual’s alcohol use, risks of drinking, and how to make changes if they wish to do so.

    Substance Use Disorders Education

    This website, operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, offers an overview of the different substance use disorders.

    Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

    This online publication, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, describes the science behind addiction.

    Mobile Apps & Online Tools

    Stay Quit Coach

    This free app, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is designed to help Veterans with PTSD quit smoking. It provides education about smoking and quitting, tools to help users cope with urges to smoke, and motivation and support.

    Al-Anon

    This website provides information about Al-Anon support services for family members of someone with a problem with alcohol or substance use.

    AA Big Book and More

    This free app provides the full text of the Alcoholics Anonymous program (also known as the “Big Book”).

    Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Substance Use Conditions

    What are Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Substance Use Disorders?

    VA Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders brochure

    This brief brochure provides an overview of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders.

    VA Motivational Enhancement Therapy for Substance Use Disorders brochure

    This brief brochure provides an overview of Motivational Enhancement Therapy for Substance Use Disorders.

    Principles of Drug Addition Treatment

    This online guide, developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, describes different evidence-based talk therapy treatments for alcohol and substance use disorders.

    Treatments for Substance Use Disorders

    This website, operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, offers an introduction of the evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders.

    Research and Evaluation Studies

    McHugh, R. K., Hearon, B. A., & Otto, M. W. (2010). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for substance use disorders. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 33(3), 511–525.

    Carroll, K. M., & Onken, L. S. (2005). Behavioral therapies for drug abuse. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162(8), 1452-1460.

    Magill, M., & Ray, L. A. (2009). Cognitive-behavioral treatment with adult alcohol and illicit drug users: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70(4), 516-527.

    Lundahl, B., & Burke, B. L. (2009). The effectiveness and applicability of motivational interviewing: a practice-friendly review of four meta-analyses. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65(11), 1232-1245.

    Powers, M. B., Vedel, E., & Emmelkamp, P. M. (2008). Behavioral couples therapy (BCT) for alcohol and drug use disorders: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 28(6), 952-962.

  6. General outreach & referral

    The resources listed below are general outreach and referral resources. For specific  information for locating treatment for depression, insomnia, and other conditions, please visit the Find Treatment section of this website.

    VA Resources

    Make the Connection

    This website, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, includes videos of Veterans telling their stories about experiencing mental health problems and seeking treatment.

    Online Enrollment in VA Health Care

    This website provides online enrollment for Veterans interested in receiving health care in the VA system.

    VA PTSD Program Locator

    This online treatment locator identifies local PTSD treatment services within the VA health care system.

    VA Substance Use Disorder Treatment Locator

    This online treatment locator identifies local substance use treatment services within the VA health care system.

    Vet Center Program

    Vet Centers provide Veterans and family members with an opportunity to speak with a counselor or therapist — many of whom are Veterans themselves — for free and regardless of enrollment status in VA. Services are often available on a walk-in basis, without an established appointment.

    Coaching Into Care

    This free service, operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, provides family members and friends of Veterans the opportunity to talk with a mental health professional about how to help a Veteran access mental health care.

    Caregiver Support Toolbox and Support Line

    This resource provides online tool box, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, of resources to help family members who provide care and support to Veterans. A caregiver support line is also available at 1-855-260-3274.

    National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

    This resource provides a free, confidential call center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who is concerned about a Veteran who is homeless or at risk of homelessness.

    DoD/Military Resources

    Military OneSource

    Military OneSource provides information and resources about treatment services, benefits, education and employment issues, and deployment for active duty service members and members of the National Guard and Reserve.

    Community Resources

    NAMI HelpLine & Resource Center

    This website, developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, provides information and support for people seeking help for mental health problems and their family members. A helpline is available for requesting specific information about symptoms of mental health conditions, treatment options, local support groups, education programs, helping family members in treatment, and programs to help find employment.

    Give an Hour

    This nonprofit organization matches Veterans, military personnel, and their family members with mental health professionals in the community who volunteer to provide free care.

    National Resource Directory

    This resource directory provides information to connect Veterans, active duty service members, and families with a wide variety of programs and services.