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Health and Wellness Resources

Our Focus on Student Well-Being

In January 2007, the Asian American Activities Center (A3C) conducted a survey to assess the health and well being of Asian American undergraduate and graduate students. Based on the data from this survey, issues and concerns that impact the well-being of students were identified. This data was used to design programming and resources that address these concerns and contribute to efforts to de-stigmatize mental health issues and encourage help-seeking behaviors.

The iLive Series (formerly the After Dark Series) was launched later that year to address some of the issues identified by survey respondents as key stressors in their lives. The series aims to dispel misconceptions, increase awareness and encourage dialogue about health and well-being topics relevant to Asian Americans and to introduce students to resources on and off campus. Topics addressed include body image, parental and academic pressures, sexuality, stress and social concerns.

A3C Survey Findings

Major findings of the 2007 A3C Asian Pacific Islander (API) Student Health and Well Being Survey show:

  • Undergraduate and graduate student populations differ in their mental health status.
  • Undergraduate students are more likely to feel stress, worthlessness, and have concerns about body image. They also have concerns with family expectations, academic performance and time management.
  • Graduate students are concerned with feeling guilty and their relationship with their adviser. Graduate students are also more likely to have sought professional mental health treatment.
  • Most students are not very likely to seek mental health treatment, perhaps due to cultural barriers.
  • Having a counselor who is knowledgeable about Asian American cultural issues is at least somewhat important to over 60% of the students.

Health and Wellness Resource List

  • Wellness Network at Stanford: An online directory which features more than 150 resources that connect students to immediate help, health and wellness, and communities of support. Resources for faculty, staff and families are also featured. The site spans the spectrum of support available for students, including professional counseling, crisis response, community centers, academic support, for-credit courses, financial assistance, stress, productivity, mentoring and much more. 
  • Vaden Health CenterCounseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): Confidential one-on-one counseling with trained psychologists, stress management, and other health and well being resources. Contact a CAPS on-call clinician at 650-723-3785 for urgent situations anytime, including evenings and weekends.
    • Helen Hsu, PsyD, Staff Psychologist/Asian American Specialist
      Professional interests: Anxiety and mood disorders, identity development, SOGE affirmative therapy, clinical supervision, multi-cultural and feminist psychology, mind-body health and wellness, community engagement and mental health consumer/family empowerment.
    • Kevin Lee, MD, Staff Pyschiatrist
      Professional interests: College mental health, personal development, mood and anxiety struggles, culturally-informed treatment, trauma and recovery
    • Oliver Lin, PhD, Staff Psychologist
      Professional interests: Emotional growth and development, cross cultural issues, spiritual concerns/exploration.
  • Wellness and Health Promotion Services: Educational workshops and individual consultations including substance abuse prevention, nutrition, sexual health and relationships.

Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence Resources

Other Campus Resources

  • Undergraduate Residence Deans: Support and consultation for resident hall staff and crisis intervention for students.
  • Undergraduate Academic Life: Academic resources
  • The Community Centers: General advising and referrals to campus resources
  • The Bridge Peer Counseling Center: Confidential 24-hour peer counseling.
  • Healthy Body Image Program: The Healthy Body Image Program is a university-wide healthy eating and body image enhancement program for students that includes online eating disorder screening, online self-help prevention programs and a variety of in-person outreach activities.
  • Nutrition CounselingProvides individual consultations for a variety of reasons including disordered eating or eating disorders, nutritional issues, weight management, vegetarianism, high blood cholesterol and general nutrition.
  • Office of Alcohol Policy & Education (OAPE): To reduce high-risk drinking and its related negative consequences among Stanford students and increase social outlets that support non-drinkers and light drinkers by providing collaborative, cutting-edge, empirically-proven educational strategies and programs.
  • Well-Being at Stanford: Well-Being at Stanford is about helping
 students achieve and enjoy a healthy quality of life on campus. Courses, workshops, and services offered address a variety of topics related to physical and mental health and well-being. Examples include nutrition, relationships, self-esteem, stress management and HIV prevention.
  • Immigration Issues and Resources: Stanford welcomes and embraces students and scholars from around the world who contribute immeasurably to our mission of education and discovery. Inclusion and nondiscrimination are core values of our community, and they extend to people from around the world regardless of citizenship or nationality.