The weight of a new environment, pressure to forge new friendships and start of a stressful academic journey can all contribute to mental health challenges faced by first-year college students. At a high-profile, rigorous university like Stanford, these issues are amplified further, wrote Bina Patel, director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Vaden Health Center, in an email to The Daily.
On Thursday, the Undergraduate Senate held a Mental Health Town Hall that brought together students and administrators to discuss mental health resources and concerns on campus.
Bina Patel is in her first year as the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) director. The Daily reached out to Patel via email regarding her goals as director, including implementing new CAPS programs and increasing outreach to students.