Programming for Faculty & Staff

Notice & Respond: Assisting Students in Distress

This interactive bystander education program teaches staff and faculty:

  • what to look for that might indicate that a student is struggling emotionally
  • how to effectively talk about it
  • how to gauge the severity of the situation 
  • where to find assistance and support for various situations 

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

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Programming opportunities

For 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.

For 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.

For 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.

Requesting a program

To request a program – or to learn more about "Assisting Students in Distress" – please contact Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, Mental Health Promotion Coordinator, at 607-255-8255 or ct265@cornell.edu.