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Resources that are Confidential

Several sources of help and support are available to members of the Stanford community.

A note about confidentiality

All reasonable steps will be taken to safeguard privacy and confidentiality. Click on the Confidential tab to quickly find those who can legally offer confidentiality. Some federal and state laws limit the level of confidentiality that can be maintained. It is always a good idea to review this subject before sharing the details of your concern. In special situations, reporting may be required.

External Reporting to a government agency is also an option. Read more

Resource Role Services Available to Level of Confidentiality
Faculty and Staff Help Center


Provide professional, confidential short-term counseling to Faculty & Staff

  • Professional short-term counseling
Postdocs, Faculty and Staff Confidential
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)


Stanford’s counseling center, dedicated to student mental health and well being.

  • Informal discussion,
  • Professional Counseling
Students, Available 24/7 Confidential
Office for Religious Life, Deans


To guide, nurture and enhance spiritual, religious and ethical life within the Stanford community

  • Advice
  • Consultation
  • Information
  • Support
All Stanford, Students, Postdocs, Faculty and Staff Confidential
The Bridge


Provide trained peer counselors to guide those in need to develop their own solutions to problems

Peer counseling and support

All Stanford, Students, Available 24/7 Anonymous, Confidential
Stanford Ombudspersons:

Main Campus

School of Medicine

Provide neutral and impartial conflict resolution, and assistance with work-related, academic or administrative concerns.

  • Help identify and evaluate options to resolve problems
  • Help to coordinate informal resolution of concerns and disputes
All Stanford, Students, Postdocs, Faculty and Staff Confidential
YWCA Golden Gate SIlicon Valley @ Stanford

YWCA 24/7 Support Line: 800.572.2782



Stanford Line: (408) 649-7686

Weekly Walk In Hours: Services available outside of Walk-In hours by appointment Mondays 8 AM - 2 PM

Thursdays/Fridays 4 PM - 8 PM

Saturdays/Sundays 10 AM - 3 PM


YWCA @ Stanford provides free and confidential support to all survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, stalking, and sexual harassment in the Stanford community.

Services Include:

  • Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) accompaniment 

  • Criminal Advocacy (criminal justice system navigation and support)

  • Stanford Advocacy (Title IX/SHARE system navigation and support)

  • Personal Advocacy (internal/external resources and referrals to meet basic needs)

  • Legal (restraining orders, visas)

  • Support Groups

  • Counseling and Therapy

All Stanford, Available 24/7 Anonymous, Confidential
Confidential Support Team (CST)

CST 24/7 hotline for urgent concerns: 650.725.9955    

  • Walk-in Hours: 8:30 am–5 pm (Monday–Friday)
  • CST Business Line: (8:30am - 5:00pm for routine matters including scheduling or cancelling appointments): 650.736.6933
  •  Vaden Portal Web Bookings
  • After walk-in hours, the CST hotline is handled by ProtoCall, a national provider of on-call behavioral health services. ProtoCall’s licensed counselors provide immediate assistance to callers and share information about the call with CST for follow-up the next business morning as appropriate.

Offers confidential support to Stanford students impacted by sexual assault and relationship violence, including domestic abuse, intimate partner abuse, stalking and sexual or gender-based harassment.

  • Services include information and help accessing resources, short-term emotional support and ongoing individual counseling. There is no charge for Stanford students.
  • Concerned peers, staff, and faculty may also consult regarding how to help a Stanford student who may have experienced a sexual assault and/or relationship violence.
Students, Available 24/7 Confidential
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Guidance Resources Online

Help with personal issues, life events, and managing daily life

Confidential counseling

Postdocs Confidential