If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like staffing at the Bridge Peer Counseling Center, I can assure you it’s more rewarding than you think. The Bridge is an anonymous support service that allows students to call in and talk to a peer counselor at any time, day or night (walk-in hours are also available, from…
Once a week, early enough that the sun has barely risen, a small group gathers outside Green Library for an hour or so and chats. Seated around a table at Coupa Cafe, they discuss typical Stanford things: what classes to avoid, what grad schools to apply for, what articles they’ve been reading.
School administration, school boards, parents, students and Stanford have all been part of a community response that has implemented programs to improve student health and wellbeing.
The ASSU Mental Health team has completed a wide-ranging survey that measures students’ perceptions of and experiences with campus mental health services. Emergent threads from the responses include a lack of familiarity with the constellation of services available for students and a demonstrated interest in the quality and type of care provided. According to the Mental Health team co-directors Nikita Desai ’15 and Anne Evered, ’15, the survey played an integral role in opening up an ongoing, productive dialogue between University administrators and the ASSU on the topic of mental health.
23 percent. That’s how many Stanford students say they have considered attempting suicide. Three percent say they have followed through and actually attempted it.
I want to share the resources that I’ve used–both to commend Stanford for its supportive environment and to share with other students that may be floundering how I’ve made my way through school.