Skip to main content


Notice & Respond

Gannett Health Services
110 Ho Plaza
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3101

Tel: 607 255-5155
Fax: 607 255-0269

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.

Learn what to notice. In addition to signs of serious depression (unrelenting sadness, hopelessness sleep problems, etc.) and other general signs of distress, pay close attention to:

  • 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.

Help works

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

Urgent concerns:

  • 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)


Notice & Respond movie trailers


Watch a movie trailer for a glimpse into the kinds of situations discussed in the training program.

See Also

Notice & Respond Training. Learn more about the campus workshop, designed for Cornell faculty and key staff members.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for learning more about identifying warning signs and knowing what to do. Find answers to FAQs, such as what to do if a friend refuses to get help.

Visit the Caring Community page for education, updates, videos, and a list of upcoming events.


Rape & Sexual Assault Resources