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Health and Wellness Resources

There are a multitude of health and wellness resources available to you at Stanford, and we encourage you to take full advantage of them.

Support Resources List - This list (originally developed in Summer 2015 by Graduate Community Associates) highlights recommended resources and their confidentiality level.

NEW! Wellness Matters programs are sponsored by the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs and feature programs and events targeted to the specific wellness needs of the Biosciences graduate student population.

Vaden Health Center

  • Vaden Health Center Home Page
  • VadenPatient
    An online service that allows you to make and cancel appointments, request prescription refills, and communicate with your clinician.
  • Getting Immediate Help
    • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or 9-911 from a campus phone.
    • For an explanation of what constitutes a routine problem, an urgent condition, and a medical emergency and where to go to get help for each, visit the "Getting Immediate Help" table.
    • Not sure if you should go to the Emergency Department? Call the Vaden Medical Services advice nurse or the on-call physician at (650) 498-2336, extension 1.
  • Vaden Wellness and Health Promotion Services

School of Medicine Student Center

The fourth floor of the Li Ka Shing Center (LKSC) is open only to Biosciences and medical students. Featuring a view of the Stanford hills, our students have access to a fitness center, entertainment lounge, kitchenette, study rooms, computers and printers, and even a nap room. Many student meetings, formal and informal, happen here.

Mental Health

Are You Concerned About Yourself, Another Student, or Feeling Threatened?

Concerned about yourself?

If this is an emergency and you need to speak with someone immediately, please call one of the 24 hour crisis assistance numbers listed below.

Stanford Resources
Provider Responder Hours Contact

Graduate Life Office (GLO)

GLO deans

24-hours a day

GLO pager:
(650) 723-8222
Enter ID# 25085

Vaden Health Center's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

On-call clinician

24-hours a day

In an urgent situation, a clinician will speak with you within 20 minutes of your call

(650) 723-3785

Stanford Bridge Peer Counseling Center

Trained peer counselors

24-hours a day

(650) 723-3392

Sexual Assault Hotline at Stanford


24-hours a day

(650) 725-9955

Local and National Crisis and Suicide Hotlines
Provider Contact

Santa Clara County

(855) 278-4204

San Mateo County

(650) 579-0350

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-TALK (8255)
More information about calling this lifeline

Concerned about another student

    Often when someone is struggling with a personal problem, friends and co-workers are the first to notice their difficulties. It is important that we, as part of the Stanford community, look out for each other, and it is always best to err on the side of caution - if you think there might be a problem, then there probably is. When you are concerned about your friend or co-worker, there are offices with people you can speak with and online resources to help you deal with the situation.

  • The Graduate Life Office has information for those concerned about another student, including warning signs. Call (650) 736-7078 to make an appointment to speak with someone regarding your concerns.
  • The Stanford Women's Community Center offers advice on how to help a friend who may be experiencing disordered eating or has been the victim of sexual assault. Women's Community Center - How to Help a Friend
  • Vaden has resources for how to assist a friend who turns to you for help, and specifically how to deal with someone you suspect may be depressed. Vaden - Helping a Friend

Feeling threatened?

Visit Stanford's Violence Prevention and Response on Campus for instructions on what to do in emergency and non-emergency situations.

Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse

Wellness Resources

  • Wellness Matters programs are sponsored by the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs and feature programs and events targeted to the specific wellness needs of the Biosciences graduate student population.
  • Wellness Network at Stanford, an online directory which features more than 150 resources that connect students to immediate help, health and wellness, and communities of support.
  • BeWell details various campus programs, events and resources.
  • Vaden Wellness and Health Promotion Services has a number of programs and services, including: Substance Abuse Prevention, Nutrition, Weight Management and Body Image, HIV Peer Anonymous Counseling and Testing, Sexual Assault and Harassment Prevention, Sexual Health Resource Center.
  • Stanford University Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness includes information about: Athletic Facilities, Recreation Classes, Intramural Sports, Student Athletic Groups

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