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Cam's Story

Cam’s Story

Cam Stout

As he describes in an article in The Princeton Alumni Weekly, in late 2012 Cam fell into suicidal ideation as a result of a severe depressive episode that required hospitalization. With the loving support of friends and family, self-care strategies, and effective therapies, Cam fought his way out of the abyss of depression, re-crafted his legal and mediation career, and started his life anew with joy and compassion.  

Cam now speaks publicly to a wide variety of audiences, including high school, college, and grad students, sharing his story of resilient recovery, and conveying a simple, powerful message: Mental health conditions are just that; health conditions. They are not our fault. The stigma and shame that cause people to discuss mental illness in hushed tones, if at all, must be stamped out. There is so much hope for ongoing recovery. It is when we share our stories that healing comes and loving community is forged.

Cam is a Princeton graduate, where he played Division 1 varsity tennis. In 1984 he received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. An avid cyclist, Cam is the proud father of two adult children.Last summer, he and his wife, Laura Docter, moved from Palo Alto California to Princeton, NJ, where Laura has taken a teaching position at the Hun School. Cam continues to give presentations and do mentoring work in the mental wellness field around the country.

Courage is not the absence of fear or despair, but the strength to conquer them.
— Tibetan prayer flag