All six of us Orientation Coordinators are enjoying getting to know you and answering your questions. As students who were once in your shoes, we relate both to your excitement and to your anxiousness. We wanted you to know that we hear you and appreciate your honest discussions surrounding mental health and wellness. Below are the best resources we could think of that have supported us and many others throughout our time on The Farm. There are tons of ways to thrive here, and we hope you’ll prioritize your wellbeing alongside your courses, activities, and friendships.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is the university’s counseling center dedicated to student mental health and well-being. CAPS provides a broad range of services including: crisis counseling, individual therapy, medication assessment and management, and group therapy. Here’s the link.
Community centers can be a great place to look for all kinds of support, including mental health support. These centers will often host special programming regarding dealing with the day-to-day struggles and being mentally healthy at Stanford. Community centers even have CAPS counselors that specialize in serving the respective communities. Here’s a link to descriptions of the community centers and what they offer.
Peer Counseling at the Bridge:
The Bridge Peer Counseling Center is Stanford’s student run peer-counseling center. They offer anonymous and confidential 24/7 counseling to members of the greater Stanford community. The Bridge is staffed by trained undergraduate and graduate Stanford students. Here’s the link.
iThrive is an online magazine with ways to help and empower you to be well in many facets of your life. Whether it’s moving, feeling, eating, sleeping, or relating better, iThrive has resources to lend a helping hand. It has articles related to Stanford specifically as well as articles relevant for all college students. Here’s the link. And they even do videos!
The Resilience Project combines personal storytelling, events, programs, and academic skills coaching to motivate and support students as they experience the setbacks that are a normal part of a rigorous education. They help students learn from failure and strive to instill a sense of belonging and bravery. The goal is to help change the perception of failure from something to be avoided at all costs, to something that has meaning, purpose, and value. Here’s the link.
Mental Health Coalition:
The Mental Health Coalition is a group of Stanford organizations and committees that exist to better student mental health on-campus as well as give students the resources they need in times of crisis. With 14+ member organizations as well as 8 partners, the Mental Health Coalition hosts a Wellness Week each year with many helpful and supportive events. Here’s the link to their Facebook page.
HapCo is a member-run organization for the promotion of happiness, health, and wellness within the Stanford Community. They host events that explore the mental, physical, and emotional aspects of wellbeing, such as yoga workshops, wellness programming, random acts of kindness, meditation courses, and healthy nutrition classes. Here’s the link to their website and to their Facebook page.
The Duck Stops Here:
The Duck Stops Here is a resource where students have space to share their thoughts regarding a wide variety of topics to help put an end to the “Stanford Duck Syndrome”. “What’s the Stanford Duck Syndrome?,” you may ask. Well, it’s the phenomenon that Stanford students seem to be floating effortlessly on the surface, when really they are paddling furiously underneath the surface just to stay afloat. Topics on The Duck Stops Here range from how to take exams effectively to how to manage the ten-week quarter. Here’s the link.
But wait, there are even more resources to pull from! Check out this website from our friends at the Vaden Health Center for links to various websites and organizations that exist to help foster healthy humans: https://vaden.stanford.edu/health-resources/mental-health