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No one person's mental health needs are the same, so we offer you many ways to access mental health services. We have services that you can access wherever you are comfortable, whether in the therapist's office, your home, office, a park, or wherever you have an internet connection.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis and believes life is in danger, please call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone).

The following are 24/7 resources for an immediate response:

  • 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 about a person's well-being. Still, due to FERPA, HIPAA, or professional ethics, some resources, licensed health care providers, in particular, are often unable to provide reciprocal information regarding another. Not knowing can be frustrating, but it is an ethical and legal safeguard for 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 by email or phone at 650-724-9490.

A walk-thru guide of all mental health resources may help determine which resource is right for you.

The Postdoc Assistance Program, provided by Resources for Living

The Stanford Help Center

For time-sensitive requests, please call our office between 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday @ 650-723-4577.

Aetna's Behavioral Health Network thru your SHCA Medical Plan

  • Find an in-network therapist using your SHCA medical plan. The cost is $5/session
  • Depending on the therapist's protocol, sessions may be video/online only
  • You can use Aetna's Directory to find a therapist OR
  • Call SHCA Member Care Services for assistance in finding an in-network therapist. Their number is 855-345-7422, Mon - Fri, 6:30 am - 7 pm.

You may go out of network, but you will have to file your claim, and your costs will be much higher

Teladoc For Behavioral Health

Teladoc customer support can help you register your account over the phone. Call 1-855-Teladoc (835-2362)


  • Online therapy with a dedicated, licensed therapist.
  • Members can regularly message their therapist via asynchronous text, voice, or video, anywhere, anytime. Your therapist will respond within one working day, during their business hours, five days per week.
  • Live sessions are available through the Talkspace app
  • Not considered a crisis resource
  • $5 per 5-day week of asynchronous messaging or 1 live session
  • Visit our dedicated web page for more information about Talkspace

Televideo Counseling Services by Aetna

Meru Health


Self-Help Resources


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

Online Mental Health Screening

  • There are 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

  • A free addiction resource to help those suffering from addiction. Before beginning any treatment, ensure the provider is in-network with your medical plan to receive the greatest savings in the cost of care. Call SHCA Member Care Services at 855-345-7422 for assistance with confirming a provider is in-network.

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