Cornell University

Mental Health at Cornell

Resources for student & campus wellbeing

Support for Students in Ithaca

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Everyone needs a little help sometimes. There are services and resources at Cornell designed specifically to bolster undergraduate, graduate, and professional student mental health and well-being. Remember, your mental health and emotional well-being are just as important as your physical health.

"It's not uncommon for smart and talented people to sometimes think that there's been some kind of mistake and that they don't deserve to be where they are. Don't fall prey to that kind of thinking. You've already demonstrated that you belong at Cornell." - President Martha E. Pollack, in orientation film Real Students Real Stories

A continuum of resources

This page includes a continuum of campus resources available to support undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, as well as resources for students with children/families, partners or spouses.

24/7 hotline, text, and chat services

If you are feeling stressed, fatigued, burned out, struggling emotionally, please consider taking advantage of the following resources:


If there is an immediate threat to life, health, property, or environment:

  • Call 911 from any phone on campus or use a Blue Light or other campus emergency phone. If you are using a cell phone, call 607-255-1111. Describe as clearly as possible the location and nature of the emergency.
  • Cornell Public Safety Communications Center: 607-255-1111 to report an on-campus emergency, non-emergency incident, or for information and general assistance. Pick up any Blue Light phone, or one of the 275 indoor emergency phones located on campus, for a direct connection to the CU Police.
  • Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) Emergency Department at 607-274-4411

Urgent concerns

Academic support (advising, tutoring, skill-building, accommodations)

 Cornell Health (physical and mental health services, advocacy, disability services)

Financial well-being and food insecurity resources

Fitness, recreation, and sports

Nature and outdoor connections

Social connection resources  

Spiritual and religious well-being

Support /reporting for Code of Conduct concerns (bias, hazing, sexual assault and misconduct)

Support with general campus concerns