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Ways to take care of yourself

  • You can check in with your academic advisor
  • You can make an appointment with a CAPS therapist or Well-Being coach
  • You can connect with other students
  • You can speak with your residence director

How to Get Help

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In difficult days filled with anxiety and uncertainty, spiritual, physical, social, and mental care is essential to our individual and collective well-being. We offer these resources as a starting point. Here may you find support and inspiration, kindle hope, and make connections.


Resources for Students

Undergraduate Students

Connect with your Residence Director (RD)

RDs are available for students to contact for assistance and support through difficult or challenging times. RDs know the options and resources available across campus to address whatever issue may be interfering with a student's success at Stanford.

Call (650) 725-2800. If there is no answer or if you have an urgent, after-hours issue, contact the campus operator at (650) 723-2300 and ask to be connected to the undergraduate RD on call.

Graduate Students

Check in with GLO

GLO serves the entire graduate student population at Stanford and their families. GLO Deans are a source of comprehensive, impartial guidance and information related to all aspects of life as a graduate student.

Call (650) 736-7078. If there is no answer or if you have an urgent, after-hours issue, call the 24-hour pager at (650) 723, 8222, Ext. 25085.

Make an appointment with a CAPS therapist

CAPS is the University's counseling center available to help undergraduate and graduate students who experience a wide variety of personal, academic, and relationship concerns. They offer free evaluation and brief counseling, including individual, couples, and group therapy. The CAPS staff can help you address whatever it is that may be of concern to you in a confidential setting.

24-hour hotline: (650) 723-3785

Make an appointment with a Wellbeing Coach

Well-Being at Stanford Coaches are experts in the change process and serve as skilled partners to help you make shifts in beliefs and behaviors to improve your overall well-being, or simply offer support when you're struggling. With them, you can clarify values, set goals and priorities, talk through challenges, and create your own vision for well-being.

Undergraduate Students

Check in with your academic advisor

Academic advisors can help you communicate with your professors and help you navigate your courses during this uncertain time.

Whatever your reasons for taking a break, Stanford encourages you to take the time you need. The university will still be here for you when you return.

Connect with other students

Student Grief Gatherings are held 3x/quarter and are facilitated by staff from ORSL, Well-Being, CAPS and GLO. If you are currently or have ever experienced the death of a significant person in your life, or are experiencing feelings of grief in a time of uncertainty, this is an opportunity to share your experiences, suggestions, and concerns with others in a safe and supportive environment.

Take care of your mental wellbeing

This website is your go-to hub for navigating the many mental health and well-being resources at Stanford. Whether you are seeking advice to establish your self-care routine, looking for ways to manage stress or mental health symptoms, tips to help a friend, someone supportive to talk to, or anything in between, you are not alone.

Talk with a chaplain

In need of emotional, spiritual, or existential support or guidance?

Stanford University Chaplains are confidential resources specifically trained to employ non-sectarian, non-judgmental listening, support, and accompaniment in spiritual, existential and emotional care.  There are no hidden religious or spiritual agendas! They specialize in being fully present with you in your experiences and feelings. Whatever they may be.

Resources for Faculty, Staff, and Postdocs

Faculty Staff Help Center

The Stanford Faculty Staff Help Center offers a variety of services for the Stanford community, including confidential counseling, workshops, discussion groups, department consultations, and facilitated conversations.

Guidance for faculty, staff, community leaders, and families supporting student well-being at Stanford

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Students want to know that you care about them and, importantly, what kind of support they can expect from you. They want to know that you, too, are an imperfect human who experiences failure, setbacks, and disappointment. Mental health and well-being are top of mind now more than ever.