Stanford University is developing new initiatives to ensure Stanford's broad and long-term commitment to understanding, supporting and encouraging student mental health and well-being.
In Fall 2006 the Student Mental Health and Well-Being Task Force was created to address the prevalance and complexity of student mental health issues at Stanford University. After two years of research and discussion, this diverse body of administrators, faculty and students released the
Mental Health and Well-Being Task Force Report containing numerous recommendations based upon its findings that seek to promote student mental health and well-being on campus.
Following the release of the Mental Health and Well-Being Task Force Report the Mental Health and Well-Being Oversight Committee was formed, responsible for prioritizing all of the Task Force recommendations and for overseeing the implementation of these actions.
The Mental Health and Well-Being Oversight Committee concluded its tenure in June 2012. In November 2012, the oversight committee published a high level summary of work that has been implemented since the Task Force issued its report. The Student Mental Health and Well-Being Oversight Committee Summary of Outcomes, will inform the work of the Mental Health and Well-Being Advisory Committee which was convened in June 2012 by the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. The advisory board, co-chaired by Ron Albucher, director of CAPS, and Sally Dickson, Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Educational Resources, will advise the Vice Provost and make recommendations designed to further strengthen university efforts to promote mental health and well-being of students.