Mental Health Resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month – at Stanford Recreation and Wellness, we value the mental health and well-being of our students, staff, and community. We are collaborating with partners across campus and collecting wellness resources for you to stay connected with the Stanford community.

Throughout the month of May, we will be promoting daily activities and suggestions to help bring awareness to your mental health and well-being. We will also be providing Stanford resources for the community, as well as external resources that we recommend on this page.


2021 Webinars

Movement for Mental Health Resilience
Dr. Helen Hsu and Meag-gan O’Reilly, Ph.D.

The separation between the mind and body is an illusion. They are intimately connected and profoundly interdependent. Join us for this 1-hour workshop where we will rediscover how movement in the body directly relates to wellness of the mind. You will be encouraged to reconnect with or create a movement practice that you can sustain during difficult times.

Sustaining our Energy and Well-Being
Sarah Meyer Tapia, MA

Everything is normal right now because nothing is normal right now. In this 1-hour workshop we will discuss the range of ways our energy can be impacted by current events, start where we are, and discuss practical tools for moving forward to sustainable energy and wellbeing. Webinar by Sarah Meyer Tapia, MA, Associate Director in the Division of Health & Human Performance, Wellness Education

Intuitive Eating
Bryan Lian (Vaden Health Center) and Diane Saenz (Well-Being at Stanford, Dietitian)

Are you or someone you know a chronic dieter? What about another way of being with food that aligns with your mental health and well-being; how about a non-diet approach? In this 1-hr workshop, we will discuss Intuitive Eating and Body Inclusivity in the work we do for students on campus. Webinar by Bryan Lian (Vaden Health Center) and Diane Saenz (Well-Being at Stanford, Dietitian)

The Rest of your Life
Donnovan Somera Yisrael, MA

When you are not working do you feel “lazy?” Do you remember when the “break” in Winter Break or Summer Break meant something? Did you know that there is more than one type of rest and ironically, not all of them leave you feeling rested? Join us as we deepen our understanding of how active rest, deep connection and “deep play” integrate the mind and you just might get better at work while increasing the quality of the REST of your life.

2020 Webinars

Maximize Your Mind Body Health
Dr. Helen Hsu and Marissa Floro

CAPS and Well Being Psychologists Helen Hsu and Marissa Floro will provide an introduction to maximizing your Mind Body Health. This session begins with an overview of fundamentals from ancient traditions to contemporary endocrine and stress response research. It will conclude with guidance and time for you to examine your own stress levels and identify actions to bolster your Mind Body Wellness.

Coping, Connecting and Caring During the COVID Crisis
Donnovan Somera Yisrael, MA (’89) (he, him, his)

The shelter-in-place has been extended and the COVID-19 emergency continues to challenge our Stanford community, as well as each of our personal lives. This session is intended to be a space for us to check in about how we are coping (or struggling to do so) and share any strategies that have been helpful. Donnovan will present concepts that will help us “name and tame” our COVID-19 induced stressors.

Doing the Best We Can: Behavior Change During COVID-19
Sarah Meyer Tapia

Change is tough: Be it better relationship patterns, healthier eating habits, more physical activity, or breaking that addiction to social media, there are good reasons to change and good reasons to stay where we are. Attempting change during a pandemic can be particularly challenging with new stressors and schedules at play. In this 50-minute workshop, we will explore motivation, values, the neuroscience of change, and practical tools for doing what truly nourishes us during this time.

Cultivating Resilience and Wellbeing in the Face of Challenge
Aneel Chima, Ph.D.

When times are challenging we often, paradoxically, let go of practices most important to our personal, relational, and communal wellbeing. In this interactive talk, we will explore tools that enhance resilience and help buoy wellbeing. Through acknowledging that our wellbeing is interconnected with the world around us, we can leverage this insight as inspiration into engaged compassion and growth, rather than despair and hopelessness. 


Mindfulness and Recreation for all

For Staff

For Students


External Resources

Headspace: Hundreds of guided meditations on everything from stress to sleep, free 2-week trial.

Calm: Find Your Calm.

Down Dog Yoga App: Free access until July 1st for all students and teachers (K-12 and college).