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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

The interactive "Friend 2 Friend" session teaches students 1) what to look for that might indicate a friend is struggling emotionally, 2) how to effectively talk about it, and 3) where to find assistance and support for various situations. 

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 Health Initiatives Coordinator, Leah Berkenwald; 607 255-4782.

Staying Balanced: Thrive!

  • For graduate and undergraduate students:

Managing change and the multiple demands placed on a college student's time, energy, and attention can feel overwhelming at times and affect physical and mental health. This session helps students learn ways to meet academic priorities, personal and social needs with skill and confidence. Participants explore strategies to manage stress and build their resilience in order to successfully navigate the ups and downs of daily life and to maintain the ability to bounce back from challenging experiences. Campus resources to help students thrive (not just survive) at Cornell are also highlighted. Workshops can range in time from 60–90 minutes depending on the group’s needs. 

For more information about "Finding Balance/Buildining Resilience," or to request a workshop, please contact Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, Mental Health Promotion Coordinator (phone: 255-8255)

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