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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers free printed and digital materials on mental health topics for patients and their families, health professionals, and the general public.

NIMH publications are in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from the Institute. We encourage you to reproduce and use them in your efforts to improve public health. If you do use our materials, we request that you cite the National Institute of Mental Health.

It is not the intention of NIMH to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Consult with a qualified health care provider for diagnosis, treatment, and answers to your personal questions.

We appreciate your interest in our materials.

Ordering Online

How do I place an order?

  1. Find an item that interests you.
  2. Enter the number of copies you would like to order.
  3. Click the "Add to Cart" button.
  4. When you have finished adding items to your shopping cart, click the "Proceed to Checkout" button.
  5. You will be prompted for your contact and shipping information.

How much is standard shipping?

Standard shipping is provided free of charge to all states and territories in the United States. Please note:

  • Standard shipments are sent via the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Standard shipping also covers delivery to Rural Routes, APO, and FPO addresses.
  • Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery within the continental United States.
  • Standard delivery does not include delivery on Sundays or holidays.

Do you accept international orders?

Yes. International orders may be placed by emailing or by calling 1-866-615-6464. Orders from outside the United States are limited to one copy of each title, with a maximum of 10 titles.

How long will my order take to arrive?

Most orders shipped within the continental United States should arrive within 3-4 weeks (from the date ordered). Orders outside the continental United States (i.e., Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, etc.) could take 4-6 weeks to arrive.

Note: All orders placed on a weekday after 11:00 a.m. ET will be processed the following business day. In addition, orders placed over the weekend will be processed the following business day.

Can I have my order expedited?

Yes. Orders can be shipped via FedEx, provided you are willing to pay for the shipping and can provide a FedEx account number. Expedited orders can be placed by calling 1-866-615-6464 and speaking with an information specialist. Please have your FedEx account number ready when calling.

Note: Expedited packages cannot be delivered to a P.O. box. You must provide a street address.

The item I want is out of stock. Will it be available again?

Although every effort is made to maintain an adequate inventory of each publication, unforeseen demand may exhaust supplies. Future printings are at the discretion of NIMH.

If you wish to be informed when print publications are restocked, you may sign up to receive email notifications. We will send an email message when new or reprinted publications are available for ordering.

Ordering Limits

Why do items have limits?

We place limits on the quantity of an item customers may order so that NIMH can serve as many members of the public as possible.

What if I need more than the limit?

Requests for orders that are over the maximum quantity limit are considered on a case-by-case basis. We will make every attempt to ship the amount you requested; however, you may receive a smaller amount based on supply.

Before you checkout, you will be asked to complete a short form describing how you plan to use the publications. After you submit your order, we will review your request. In cases where supply is limited, NIMH reserves the right to ship less than the amount requested.

Order Status

How can I check the status of my order?

For questions about the status of your order, please email or call 1-866-615-6464 to speak with an information specialist. Please include your name, contact information, and order number in your email.

Privacy & Security

Is my information kept confidential?

Yes. Information about NIMH's customers is not sold, shared, or utilized in any commercial way. We do not collect any personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information to us. For detailed information, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

Why am I asked for my phone number?

We ask for your telephone number in case we need to contact you regarding your order or if FedEx needs to contact you directly regarding any problems encountered during shipping. Your telephone number and any other information you provide will be kept confidential and not be shared or sold. For more information about privacy, please see our Privacy Policy.


If you rely on assistive technologies to access the web and encounter problems visiting our site, please contact an information specialist at 1-866-615-6464 or email your request to

Please view our accessibility information.

Copyright Policy

The written information on our website and in our publications is in the public domain and may be reproduced without permission. However, the images in NIMH publications and on our website are used for illustrative purposes only; most are stock photos posed by models and may not be used for other purposes.

We encourage you to copy our publications and use them in your efforts to improve public health. If you do use our materials, we request that you cite the National Institute of Mental Health. In some cases, the NIMH website presents and cites materials from other federal agencies. We request that you use the citations that we provide if you use those materials.

Using government materials inappropriately can be unlawful, so we ask that you follow these guidelines:

  • Do not alter NIMH content in a way that will jeopardize the integrity and brand of the Institute.
  • Do not add logos to NIMH publications or materials.
  • Images in NIMH publications and on our website may not be copied or used for other purposes, even if cited.
  • Do not use NIMH publications to advertise or endorse commercial products, processes, or services.
  • Do not use NIMH publications to give the appearance of providing specific medical advice, treatment recommendations, or referrals.

If you have questions regarding these guidelines and use of NIMH content, please contact the NIMH Information Resource Center at 1-866-615-6464 or

Citing NIMH Materials

Citation of the National Institute of Mental Health as a source is appreciated. No single "author" or "reviewer" should be cited.

For more information and examples on citing NIMH information, please visit Citing NIMH Information and Publications.

Questions About an Order

If you have questions about your order, problems with the website, or need other information from NIMH, send us a message via our Contact Us form. You may also call 1-866-615-6464, or email us at

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.