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Notice & Respond Programs

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

Tel: 607 255-5155
Fax: 607 255-0269
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As part of Cornell's community-based approach to student mental health, several interactive seminars and workshops are offered to give faculty, staff and students an opportunity to learn: 

  • how to identify the signs of distress
  • a variety of response options
  • effective communication strategies
  • about campus resources for consultation and referral

Notice & Respond: Assisting Students in Distress

This presentation is offered to faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and staff.

  • Faculty departments

Faculty departments are offered a 60-minute seminar that models an effective interaction between a faculty member and a distressed student. Participants explore common concerns that may present barriers to taking action, and learn why a proactive response is vitally important. A combination of learning modalities is used, including a filmed realistic scenario at Cornell, participant discussion, and a review (Powerpoint slides, handouts) of response options and campus resources.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistants

These individuals are offered a 90-minute seminar using the same format described above to increase awareness and build confidence in recognizing and responding to students in distress.

  • Staff groups

Staff are offered this 2-hour session that models an effective interaction between a staff member and a distressed student. Participants explore common concerns that may present barriers to taking action, and learn why a proactive response is vitally important.A combination of learning modalities is used, including a filmed realistic scenario at Cornell, participant discussion, and a review (Powerpoint slides, handouts) of response options and campus resources.

For more information about "Assisting Students in Distress," or to request a presentation, please contact Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, Mental Health Promotion Coordinator (phone: 255-8255).

Notice & Respond: Friend 2 Friend

  • Students, peer advisors/mentors, student residential staff and other student leaders

Students are offered the interactive "Friend 2 Friend" session to learn what to look for when a friend is struggling, how to talk about it, and where to find support. 

Using a realistic filmed scenario, facilitated discussion, and a review of campus resources, students are given tools and information to help them take care of themselves and keep their friends safe and healthy. Participants also discuss common concerns that may prevent them form reaching out to others.

For more information about "Friend 2 Friend," or to request a workshop, please contact Janis Talbot, Health Educator for Mental Health Promotion. (Phone 255-9377)

Finding Balance/Building Resilience

  • For graduate and undergraduate students

Managing change and the many demands on time, energy, and attention, can feel overwhelming. This session helps participants understand the relationship between stress and performance, identify signs of unmanaged stress, and learn ways to use a more balanced approach to meet academic and leadership responsibilities with out compromising personal needs

Students identify their greatest sources of strength, learn short and long-term strategies they can use to manage stress, and how to improve their resilience when encountering setbacks. This session can be modified to meet the group's particular needs and interests.

For more information about "Finding Balance/Buildining Resilience," or to request a workshop, please contact Janis Talbot, Health Educator for Mental Health Promotion. (Phone 255-9377)

Funding and support

Cornell's Notice & Respond Programs have been made possible by generous gifts from both Triad Foundation, Inc. and the family of Cornell alumn, William E. Wilson, ‘62.

Cornell's College of Engineering provided the opportunity to pilot the university's Notice & Respond: Friend 2 Friend workshop with first year students enrolled in Engineering 1050 (Fall, 2010).


In the News

"Helping people 'notice and respond' is goal of mental health awareness efforts" (Cornell Chronicle, 09.09.09). Read article

"Students learn to help distressed peers" (Cornell Chronicle, 10.11.2011). Read article