A Stanford student activist group that caught national attention for its work highlighting mental health issues for college students will perform at a Café Scientifique program tomorrow titled Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Monologues on Mental-Health Issues.
Students from the Stanford Theatre Activist Mobilization Project, known as STAMP,
will present monologues written anonymously by Stanford students living with depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental-health issues .
The concept for the performance began with Amanda Gelender, a senior at Stanford and one of the organizers of STAMP, who happens to have bipolar disorder. STAMP has performed these monologues in 12 dormitories on the Stanford campus. About 25 other high schools and colleges have contacted STAMP about bringing the presentation into their schools.
“At a lot of the dorms, students came out about their depression or other mental health issues,” Gelender said. “They’d share it with their dorms for the first time. It was really incredible. They just didn’t know how many other people have similar problems.”