Resources for Student Mental Wellbeing & Health

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Note for FWS Instructors

This is page you can copy directly into your own course--it lists resources and support available at Cornell to students struggling with mental and physical health issues. We would recommend using the "Add Custom Link to Navigation Bar" option to have this page always visible and easy to access!

Cornell students often find the transition to Cornell to be stressful—even pre-pandemic! Some traditional challenges first-years may face include making new friends, navigating a giant and sometimes intimidating campus, adjusting to a heavier and more independent work load, and figuring out new study habits and how to be successful here. And, of course, this fall, many of these typical fall stressors are even more challenging with the additional pressures of COVID-19, like social distancing, regular testing, wearing masks, etc. Further, many of us (faculty and students) are also struggling with physical health, COVID-19, deaths of family and friends, economic strains, stress and harm from systemic racism and larger social systems of oppression, working online , and other compounding stresses. Given the challenges this year presents, it’s especially important that everyone is taking care of themselves and aware of those around them. An important part of that work is being aware of the many resources that are available to you. We've listed some essential ones here. 


Good list of most Cornell Resources for Academics and Well-being

Cornell Health 


Local & National Talk Lines

  • Cornell Health On-Call Counsellors: 607-255-5155 (option 2)
  • EARS Peer Counsellors: 607-255-EARS (3277), Check hours here.
  • Local Talk Crisis Line (24/7): 607-272-1616
  • Ithaca Advocacy Center Talk Crisis Line (for sexual or domestic violence, 24/7): 607-277-5000
  • National Talk/Crisis Lines (24/7): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Trevor Lifeline 1-866-488-7386 (LGBTQ)


National Text Lines

  • Text HELLO to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor 
  • Text STEVE to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor of color
  • Text START to 678678 to connect with a confidential Trevor counselor (LGBTQIA)
  • National Suicide Prevention Chat:



  • Call 911 or Cornell Police: 607-255-1111


Know of a campus, local, or national resource not listed here? Please feel free to email it to me and I will add it! Supporting our well-being, mental and physical health is both an individual and collective endeavor!