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Taking Care of Ourselves & Each Other

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Mental Health & Well-Being Initiatives

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Student Affairs aims to create a culture of physical, emotional, and social well-being to promote student flourishing. 

While the mental health challenges of young adults have increase nationally in recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated already prevalent mental health issues among our students and often delayed care. We continue our commitment to acknowledge the lived experience of our students throughout this time and address students' immediate mental health needs, whether on or off campus, by creating opportunities to connect with campus resources to support their well-being.

Through collaboration with various units within Vaden Health Services and our many communities across campus, along with the support and involvement of current undergraduate and graduate students, new initiatives were launched that promoted mental health and wellness information and resources in creative, engaging, and student-centered ways.

Starting from the left: Ayman Babikir, Kirsten Couchman, Sam Roach, Trace Guzman, Maya Caulfield and Dani Lyle. Credit: Andrew Brodhead /

Supporting Student Mental Health

The challenges of today’s world have increased our attention to student mental health. We continuously seek ways to improve the trajectory of our students by helping them to identify, address, and manage their emotions in addition to finding support among Stanford’s many communities. Most importantly, we continue to remind students that they are not alone in their journey.

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Fostering a Culture of Well-Being

To flourish is to thrive. Though the process and steps are unique for each individual, our aim is to provide a holistic lens of well-being and the tools necessary for our students to experience a sense of belonging, self-acceptance, authentic relationships, accomplishment and competence, positive emotions, and purpose and meaning at Stanford and beyond.

"I wear a face coving". Amol Singh and Kimberly Heng. Credit: Andrew Brodhead /

Trees Together

Near or far, we are all Trees Together. Student Affairs adopted the slogan Trees Together to represent our collective efforts to protect the health and safety of the Stanford community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Colorful, engaging, and easy to understand materials were developed to keep students informed of rapidly changing national, state, and local public health advisories.

Remember... it is okay to not be okay.

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