Skip to main content Skip to secondary navigation

Remember... it is okay to not be okay.

Mental Health Resources at Stanford


Main content start

The restoration part of the process provides solace for individuals or communities. 

What Does Restoration Mean?

Restoration is a part of the process by which the university provides support, advice, and/or resources to help the impacted party(ies) or communities in an effort to support mental health and well-being after an incident.

Below are potential restoration practices for students to consider. Other restorations not listed but can be implemented after talking to a staff member.

Indigenous Circle Practices

  • “What is this?”: Indigenous Circle practices is a form of community building and dispute resolution that specifically focuses on strengthening and healing relationships. Circles practices can take different forms, such as peace making circles, community building circles, healing/processing circles, talking circles, or conflict resolution circles.
  • When to use this option: For group conversations where there is a need to better understand the other parties or there is a continuing relationship between parties. 
  • Expectations: Discussion of values; Attempts to gain understanding; Opportunities for all parties to speak; Moments of reflection, silence, and listening.


  • “What is this?”: A clinical, therapeutic setting and experience intended to address harms for individuals and seek pathways to healing.
  • When to use this option: If you seek individualized pathways/methods of healing within a clinical mental health framework.
  • Expectations: Opportunities for self-reflection; Consideration of scenarios and perspectives; Discussion of possible tools and methods for caring for one’s own mental health.

Wellness Coaching

  • What is this?: Meetings with a wellness coach to determine proactive steps about how to solve a problem, discover tools, adjust specific behavior, etc. to inform one’s response to a situation or work to promote well-being.
  • When to use this option: If you are looking for guidance on how to navigate a type of harmful situation and develop skills to help you do so in a non-clinical setting.
  • Expectations: Moments of and exercises for self-reflection; Discussion of adjustments to approach, mindset, behavior, etc.; Referral to resources; Determination of tools and frameworks

Confidential Ombudsperson Meeting

  • What is this?: A confidential meeting with the Ombudsperson (a neutral third-party) to evaluate different options available. There are two ombudspeople, one at the Medical School and one for the rest of Stanford’s campus. 
  • When to use this option: If you are looking for advice related to how to handle a conflict or university policy. A conversation with the Ombudsperson may also be a good fit for those who need advice on a conflict/difficult situation but aren’t comfortable speaking with the responding party yet.
  • Expectations: Confidentiality; Discussion of concerns; Advice about best next steps or applicable university policies 

Outdoor/Nature Based Healing Experience

  • What is this?: An opportunity for students to engage with the outdoors, such as through a walk, planned trip with the outdoor center, or pre-recorded programming about healing in nature to connect with the outdoors as an aid to healing
  • When to use this option: If you are looking for healing or time for reflection, this would be a good fit. This may not be the best option if you are hoping to have a conversation with the responding party 
  • Expectations: Opportunities for personal reflection; Engagement with the outdoors

Educational Workshop

  • What is this?: A learning opportunity, developed by a subject matter expert, for the requesting party/parties to examine and address the ideas, context, dynamics, and other important considerations involved with a particular issue (e.g. microaggressions) or incident
  • When to use this option: Incidents and moments when a student or a group of students they are involved with want to learn more about a particular topic, way to respond to a scenario, etc. 
  • Expectations: Reflection on practices of self and others; Learning about a particular topic and its significance; Consideration of next steps or application of new learning