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In Focus: Flourish Together This May!

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Whether you are looking to better care for your mind, or manage a mental illness, this month is all about discovering the tips and resources to nurture your mental health and well-being and move towards flourishing. As a refresher, flourishing means to thrive and experience growth, fulfillment, and happiness in various aspects of your life. Read on to learn more about the amazing work Student Affairs, University Communications, and The Flourish have done to help you flourish this May! #flourishtogether

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How does mental health impact flourishing?

Mental health plays a significant role in flourishing as it may affect how we think, feel, and behave across multiple aspects of our lives–our well-being, relationships, sense of purpose, physical health, academics, etc. When our mental health is in good shape, we are more likely to experience a sense of well-being, fulfillment, and overall life satisfaction = flourishing. 

How can we create a supportive Stanford community that values mental health and well-being? 

By flourishing together! Flourish Together came to fruition as our Flourishing Team (Student Affairs, University Communications, The Flourish, and VPSA Mental Health and Well-Being Interns) thought of ways we could increase mental health awareness and promote flourishing on Stanford’s campus. We wanted to contribute to the ongoing journey to destigmatize mental health/mental illness, and do that through a lens of hope, healing, resilience, and community. 

Let’s Flourish Together this May!

Join us in our movement to promote mental health awareness and foster a culture of well-being at Stanford University. Through storytelling and collective impact, we aim to raise awareness about mental health, reduce the stigma, share support, and create a campus environment where everyone can thrive. 

In the Spotlight

Get Involved with Flourish Together!

Come Flourish Together with us this May as we celebrate a month-long series of events and publications to raise awareness about mental health, reduce stigma, and share support hosted by Student Affairs and University Communications. 

Flourish Stories image collage featuring photos of students who've shared their stories. Credit: Andre Brodhead

Flourish Stories

We are honored to present the stories of Stanford students who have courageously shared their experiences on finding hope, healing, resilience, and joy through their mental health journeys. 

Remember, flourishing is a journey that unfolds over time, and it's okay to take the time you need to feel truly vibrant in every aspect of your life. Be gentle with yourself and cultivate self-compassion along the way. Like a flower, you will grow and blossom into your most flourishing self.

Written by: Cherrial Odell, Class of 2025

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Stanford Resources

  • Check out What’s Flourishing on Campus? Visit The Flourish website to explore upcoming mental health and well-being events happening this month. From wellness courses to groups and workshops, these events offer a great way to get involved with your community, improve your mental health and well-being, and find support available to you.
  • Well-Being and Mental Illness The Flourish, In the Spotlight, May 2022: Discover the relationship between wellness, well-being, mental illness, and flourishing, and how you can begin taking charge of your mental health today!
  • What is Flourishing? Well-Being at Stanford: Learn more about flourishing and how it plays a role in your well-being. Plus, reflect on your current level of flourishing, and what actions you can take to develop your well-being while at Stanford.
  • How to Become a Flourisher The Flourish, Tip of the Month, May 2024: Dive into this checklist to find simple yet powerful ways to enhance your mental health, nurture your body, engage your mind, foster a supportive network, and become the ultimate flourisher.
  • Helping You Flourish on the Farm: From medical services to counseling, substance use programs and education to wellness courses, (and more!), this site is your one-stop shop for taking care of your physical and mental health and well-being. Begin exploring resources that are eager and ready to help you flourish!
  • Mental Health Resources at Stanford: This website is your go-to hub for navigating the many mental health and well-being resources at Stanford. Whether you are seeking advice to establish your self-care routine, looking for ways to manage stress or mental health symptoms, tips to help a friend, someone supportive to talk to, or anything in between, professional staff and your peers are ready to support you, regardless of what point you are in your mental health and well-being journey.