Gannett works with campus partners to provide education to enhance the ability of Cornell faculty, staff, and students to participate in prevention and intervention activities. This education is a component of our community-based, public health approach to student mental health.
Educational strategies include
- Bystander education for faculty & staff: "Notice & Respond" presentations at faculty meetings, staff training, and workshops for students provide information on how to identify, reach out to, and refer students in distress.
- Parent education: Print and web materials available on "tough topics" including mental health, alcohol, and sexual health.
- Self-care education: Online mental health self-assessments and stress management materials and programs help students develop coping strategies and learn when and where to turn for help.
- Media communication: Advertisements, posters, resource cards, and web pages promote the concept of the Caring Community, including attentiveness to others in distress and availability of campus resources.
- Public events: Guest speaker presentations provide campus education on a range of mental health topics.
Handbooks for faculty and staff
The Office of Dean of Students created two handbooks entitled "Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress" as comprehensive resources for Cornell employees.
- CAPS director, Greg Eells, shares insights with the college health community in ACHA Action:
"Understanding Suicide:Implications for Clinical Practice and Public Health" (Fall, 2013)
- Harvard Health Policy Review includes a description of Cornell's broad-based framework:
"A Public Health Approach to Campus Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention" (Spring 2012)
- Cornell President, David Skorton, MD discusses suicide on CBS Sunday Morning
"Preventing the Youngest Suicides: What's Needed to Stop the 3rd Leading Killer of U.S. Youth" (10/3/10)
- The Wall Street Journal comments on Cornell's approach to mental health:
"Safety School: Bucking Privacy Concerns, Cornell Acts as Watchdog" (12/28/07)