Below is a list of potentially helpful online mental health resources. The CAPS clinicians have worked to pre-screen different online-based resources and phone apps that could benefit Stanford students. As always, students should use discretion in deciding which of these resources are helpful.
1) Windhover is a venue designed specifically to promote mindfulness/meditation, and they offer a beginning meditation sessions. The teacher for the session may have additional knowledge of resources for further continued classes or training.
2) Redwood City Insight Meditation Center teaches meditation and mindfulness. Gil Frondsdal, the Director, has a PhD from Stanford. While grounded in Buddhist philosophy, the center is open to all people. From the website: “IMC welcomes anyone and everyone who has an interest in the teachings and practices we offer. We aspire for our community to represent the wide range of diversity found in our society. IMC is intended to be a spiritual home for everyone who practices here.” The center has downloadable talks, so that you can listen and try out for yourself the style of teaching before deciding whether or not to visit the center. There are no fees for this center.
3) Here is a link to a simple introduction to mindfulness by Dr. James Doty, a Stanford neurosurgeon who is also involved in the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research Center:
4) Compassion Cultivation Training is offered regularly at C-CARE and is based in, and provides, mindfulness training. There is a fee for the class.
5) There is a Zen student group on campus that meets weekly for meditation (for beginners and advanced practitioners)
6) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at Stanford – regular 8 week courses offered year-round. There is a fee for the class.
7) The Fragrant Heart offers free online guided meditation exercises
8) The following book may be a helpful resource - Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic
*Please note that CAPS does not endorse or monitor information contained in the links above, and they are provided solely as an additional outside resource.