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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Options

A Complete Listing of All Your Mental Health Resources

Emergency  Resources available 24/7

For all emergency situations: Call 911 (9-911 from a university phone)

Resources For Living: (888)238-6232 CR

Santa Clara County Suicide and Crisis Hotline: (855)278-4204 CR

San Mateo County Suicide and Crisis Hotline: (650) 368-6655 CR

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800)273-8255 CR

Privacy and Information Sharing:

Professionals affiliated with Confidential Resources (CR) will gladly receive information from you about a person's well-being, but, due to FERPA, HIPAA, or professional ethics, some resources, licensed healthcare providers in particular, are often unable to provide reciprocal information to you regarding the student. This can be frustrating but is an essential ethical and legal safeguard for student privacy and confidentiality.

The following resources are available to all Stanford appointed postdoctoral scholars. If at any time you need or want further assistance with these programs please reach out to the Postdoc Benefits Office. We can be reached by email (the best) and phone, 650.724.9490


Use your medical insurance to access care for mental health including alcohol and substance abuse treatment.

With Teladoc you have access to a licensed therapist, counselor, psychologist, and psychiatrist by phone, web or mobile app from whatever location is most comfortable to you, seven days a week.

You meet with a therapist where you're most comfortable. All you need is a laptop/tablet and an internet connection.

Resources For Living provides short-term therapy for personal and work-life issues. This service is confidential and provided at no charge to you and your dependents.

The Stanford Help Center offers a variety of services for the Stanford community. All services are professional, confidential and free of charge for you and your family.

Self-Help Resources


  • #1 Sleep and meditation app. A unique 10 minute meditation each day


  • Everyday mindfulness and meditation for stress, anxiety, sleep, focus, fitness and more


  • MoodGYM is a low-cost, innovative, interactive web program designed to help people with depression and anxiety. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment.
  • Using flash diagrams and online exercises, MoodGYM teaches the principles of cognitive behavior therapy—an evidence-based treatment for depression. It also demonstrates the relationship between thoughts and emotions, and works through dealing with stress and relationship break-ups, as well as teaching relaxation and meditation techniques.

Online Mental Health Screening

  • Free, anonymous screenings for depression, anxiety problems, eating disorders, and alcohol problems. This screening tool can help you decide if meeting with a therapist might be helpful

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

  • Aims to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders

Other Stanford Offices to Support your well-being

  • Office of the Ombuds is available to all postdocs where all are welcome to discuss any concern that is interfering with their postdoc appointment. Contact Ombuds at (650)497-1542 or CR
  • Office for Religious LIfe offers pastoral care and spiritual guidance and can be reached at (650)723-1762