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Mental Health & Substance Abuse Care

You and your family have access to mental health and substance abuse care through the university's Faculty Staff Help Center and through your university-sponsored medical plan.

Faculty Staff Help Center 

The Stanford Faculty Staff Help Center (FSHC) provides professional, confidential short-term counseling services for you and your family, up to 10 sessions, based on need. An assessment is conducted on the first visit to ensure that the FSHC is the correct resource for your issue(s). If you need more support than the FSHC can offer, the center will provide a referral to other services. FSHC is free to Stanford employees, retirees and eligible dependents up to age 26.

The FSHC provides assistance with:

  • Work issues
  • Personal issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Career development

Serving the community remotely: As of spring 2020, FSHC is operating remotely and providing appointments via secure videoconference. FSHC's four locations at Main Campus, SLAC and Stanford Redwood City are closed at this time, due to COVID-19. To make an appointment or get more information, visit

Meru Health: Free online mental wellness program

Meru Health is a 12-week online program that will help you take steps to improve your mental well-being. The program is available for free to benefits-eligible employees and their adult dependents who are enrolled in a university medical plan, and is currently available to participants in 24 states, with nationwide coverage becoming available mid-year 2021.

Meru Health offers you access to:

  • Licensed therapists and psychiatrists
  • Anonymous peer support
  • A biofeedback device
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Habit-changing activities for sleep, nutrition and more

You can access the program from your mobile device, allowing customized access, any time and anywhere. The program is HIPAA compliant and the information provided to Meru Health will be kept confidential.

You can voluntarily enroll in this program at any time. 

Register for Meru Health

Seek help through your medical plan

Mental health coverage is essential to you and your family’s overall wellness. Here is an explanation of how these services are covered by each plan, as well as other resources available to you.

Teladoc Mental Health Services

Some Stanford plans provide access to Teladoc for medical and mental health visits to be provided virtually. Read more about Teladoc.

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