Cornell University

Mental Health at Cornell

Resources for student & campus wellbeing

Staff & Faculty

Student and faculty member discuss work together over a laptop in class

This page offers information to help staff and faculty members support the student experience and themselves.

Help supporting students

Emergencies and urgent situations:  Call 911 or the Cornell Police at 607-255-1111. You can also call Cornell Health at 607-255-5155 for consultation (when Cornell Health is closed, an on-call health care provider will return your call within 30 minutes).

If you're concerned about a student, please don't delay in offering support, or consulting with someone who can help. Learn to recognize and respond to signs of distress that can indicate a student may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis, or contemplating harm to self or others. The following services can help you:

  • Help Others: Learn how to recognize and respond to students, friends, and peers in distress.
  • Notice & Respond: Assisting Students in Distress Trainings
    • Notice and Respond Assisting Students in Distress
      • This in-person, interactive bystander intervention program teaches staff and faculty:
        • What to look for that might indicate that a student is struggling emotionally
        • How to effectively talk about it
        • How to gauge the severity of the situation
        • Where to find assistance and support for various situations
      • Using a realistic filmed scenario, facilitated discussion, and a review of campus resources, participants are given tools and information to help them successfully navigate mental health situations they may find themselves in as members of our campus community. Participants also discuss common concerns that can make it difficult to reach out to others in distress, and how to overcome these potential barriers.
      • To schedule this training for your department, please complete this program request form
  • Dean of Students' Student Support and Advocacy Services offers campus-wide case management and crisis response services. The Administrator on-Call supports students after-hours navigating high-level issues of physical and psychological safety.
  • Especially for faculty: There are specific practices faculty members can put in place to reduce unnecessary stressors and cultivate student well-being in the classroom.

Taking care of yourself

It is crucial for faculty and staff to take care of themselves in order to support you in all aspects of your own life and to effectively support students' mental health and well-being. There are services and resources at Cornell designed specifically to bolster employee mental health and other dimensions of well-being. If you are feeling stressed, fatigued, burned out, struggling emotionally, or are concerned about the well-being of a colleague, please consider utilizing the following resources:

  • Mental Health resources for faculty and staff: Cornell Human resources provides a comprehensive guide to support faculty and staff well-being including:
    • Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides professional counseling and support tailored to meet the unique needs of Cornell employees. Services are free, confidential, and provided by credentialed counselors in-person or via telehealth appointment. 607-255-2673
    • ENI Confidential Counseling Services: provides professional counseling services at no cost for up to 3 visits to Cornell faculty, staff, and family members. 1-800-327-2255
    • Health Insurance: Employees may also use their health insurance plan to locate, and help pay for, mental health care.
    • Let's Meditate: Let's Meditate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series sponsored by Cornell Health, in collaboration with numerous campus partners. During each 30-minute Let's Meditate session, a trained facilitator will lead participants through meditation exercises designed to focus on the breath and quiet the mind. Let's Meditate sessions are currently offered in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
    • Cornell Wellness: Cornell Wellness serves all staff, faculty, retirees, and their spouses/partners in the areas of fitness, nutrition, general health and well-being. They offer free wellness consultations, lectures, and workshops for membership-based access to fitness facilities, pools, and group fitness classes.