On Oct. 1, Stanford Peace of Mind (SPoM) hosted Let’s Talk, an open discussion on mental health and the campus attitude towards happiness, where students were able to brainstorm potential ideas to help make Stanford a better experience for all.
Campus crime figures from the past three academic years before show rising trends in mental health cases and bicycle safety concerns as well as a decrease in alcohol-related crimes due to greater attention from the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS).
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.
Stanford Peace of Mind advocates for greater dialogue and discussions about mental health on campus.
Amid increasing concerns about mental health awareness on campus and growing student usage of Stanford’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), subcommittees of the University’s newly established Mental Health and Well-Being Advisory Board will present a set of ideas and findings produced this academic year to a board meeting later this month.
During my senior year at Stanford (2003-04), I was diagnosed with depression. I struggled to stay interested in anything but sleeping and spent hours crying without knowing why. Added to the sense of hopelessness were feelings of shame and embarrassment — how could I possibly feel sad on the Farm? Everyone else around me (I thought) was accomplished and happy, reveling in the California sunshine and the dynamic academic environment. What was wrong with me?
Stanford undergraduate Cady Jeanne Hine died of an undisclosed accident at her home in Palo Alto on April 1 at the age of 24. Hine’s close friends and classmates reflected on her impact on their lives, painting a picture of a wild, selectively honest, fiercely loyal and trusting friend.