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
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.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS is Stanford University’s counseling center dedicated to student mental health and well being.
- The Bridge Peer Counseling Center
Provides peer counseling and support.
- The Graduate Life Office (GLO)
The GLO can help with issues relating to all aspects of life as a graduate student.
- Managed Health Network, Inc. (MHN)
For students with Cardinal Care, mental health benefits are administered by MHN, which has a local, national, and international network of mental health clinicians. They can be reached at (800) 327-0307. (See the FAQs section for more details.)
Are You Concerned About Yourself, Another Student, or Feeling Threatened?
Concerned about yourself?
- The Graduate Life Office (GLO) assists graduate students with issues relating to all aspects of their lives. Get advice and support for yourself from the GLO.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a wide range of mental health services to graduate students.
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.
|Graduate Life Office (GLO)||GLO deans||24-hours a day||GLO pager:
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
|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|
|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
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
- Sexual Assault Confidential Support Team (CST) at Stanford, (650) 725-9955
This is an anonymous and confidential 24 hour hotline for emergencies, as well as non-urgent information, questions, and concerns.
- Visit notalone.stanford.edu for a comprehensive list of sexual assault support and resources.
- Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA)
- 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