Notice & Respond
“I want to stress how important it is that all of us take care of ourselves and also look out for each other as members of a campus community. When we are aware of someone who is in distress, we demonstrate compassion when we extend ourselves to that person, rather than ignoring the need. This is what it means to be a caring community.”
--President David Skorton
You have a role
Mental health is a community responsibility. Each of us has a part.
Tend to your own body and mind. It's hard to extend yourself to others when you are depleted. Sleep. Eat well. Try to keep things in perspective when life gets rough. Practice stress management techniques regularly.
Take care of each other. Your smile, honesty, compassion, and attentive care can all make a difference. And when an individual is in distress, you can learn the skills to reach out, lend support and/or make a referral.
- increased alcohol or other drug use
- impulsiveness or taking of unnecessary risks
- verbal or written threats of suicide, or expressions of a wish to die
- unexpected anger or rage
- making a plan (giving away possessions, obtaining access to a means of suicide)
Take these signs seriously. Most people who attempt suicide or other forms of self-harm give some warning of their intentions.
Know the campus roles and resources. Help is readily available at Cornell. Professional counseling through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) works for many students. So too does consultation with a peer counselor or friend, a family member, an academic advisor, residential staff or faculty member, or other concerned individual.
Consider printing and posting this list of referral resources.
Suicide CAN be prevented. Even people in great despair who are feeling suicidal are often conflicted about acting on it. With time, many find relief through counseling and support. So learn what to notice and what to do when someone is in distress. Depression and anxiety are not uncommon, but they can be treated.
- If you are concerned about someone: Express your concern; let the person know you care. Convey your conviction that help works and that you know where to find it. If you sense imminent risk, stay with the person; call Gannett or 911.
- If you are considering suicide: Please understand: the psychological pain you feel now is not permanent. Counseling is effective. Seeking help is the smart thing to do. Reach out for help.
Emergencies: Call 911
- Students: Gannett and CAPS (607 255-5155)
- Faculty and staff: FSAP (800 327-2255)
- Anyone: suicide hotline (607 272-1616)
- LGBTQ young adults: crisis and suicide prevention helpline (866 488-7386)
Watch a movie trailer for a glimpse into the kinds of situations discussed in the training program.
Visit the Caring Community page for education, updates, videos, and a list of upcoming events.
Gannett information for rape and sexual assault survivors (care for self, how to help a friend)
Cornell SHARE (Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education) resources including policies and laws, and options for reporting