While female students constitute 48 percent of Stanford’s undergraduate population and 37 percent of Stanford’s graduate population, 58 percent of students who have sought assistance from CAPS over the past four years have been female.
Bridge Peer Counseling Center
The diverse range of mental health issues experienced by graduate students has complicated efforts by the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to serve the graduate community, according to graduate students.
Stanford Peace of Mind advocates for greater dialogue and discussions about mental health on campus.
It’s 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. Half a block down, on Mayfield Avenue, the music at Sigma Chi is dying down, but at Rogers House, home of the Bridge Peer Counseling Center, the party’s just getting started. Maria Mateen ’13, who has been a Bridge counselor for three years, sings softly as she rolls cookie dough in sugar — her fourth or fifth batch of the night. Strewn on the counter behind her are baking materials, dirty dishes, a laptop and a dozen bottles of spices and condiments. Altogether, the look is not one of a typical counseling clinic: That’s because the Bridge is also home to four student “live-ins” who man the 24-hour phone counseling service.
The Bridge Center for Peer Counseling has experienced a spike in calls this quarter, possibly in relation to two recent student deaths, according to Bridge counselor Akshay Gopalan ‘12 who spoke to The Daily in advance of a discussion about dealing with grief and suicide on campus.