COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of Cornell students in a variety of ways. In addition to the normal pressures and challenges students often face, you might also be experiencing a myriad of emotions related to living through a global pandemic and its impact on your health, well-being, and college experience. The ongoing racial reckoning occurring across our nation is placing an additional emotional burden on many students, especially Black students and other students of color.
The good news is there are many things you can do to support and maintain your mental health, even during these uncertain times. Please refer to the information and resources below for self-care tips and online support.
And if you're struggling, help is available. Options for support are listed the bottom of this page.
- Start each day with intentionality – Ask yourself these three questions: What will help me to feel healthy today? What will help me to feel connected today? What will give me a sense of purpose today?
- Prioritize self-care – Try to get enough sleep, eat well, and get in some exercise.
- Connect with others – Find ways to stay socially connected, even if you need to physically distance.
- Experience nature – Enjoy Cornell's natural beauty. Research shows the time in nature supports good mental health.
- Learn to meditate – Attend an online Let's Meditate session, or try another meditation resource listed below.
- Limit social media & news consumption – Too much can have a negative impact on your mental health.
Thrive (don't just survive) at Cornell
Students are invited to self-enroll in Thrive (don’t just survive) @ Cornell, an online resilience-based, stress-management course developed specifically for the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 academic year. This program is designed to provide students with a variety of tips, tools, and resources to help them develop habits to support their mental health and well-being in order to successfully navigate their time at Cornell.
Enroll in Thrive (don't just survive) @Cornell (course for undergraduate students, or course for graduate/professional students).
"Let's Meditate" online guided meditation
Let's Mediate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series offered every day, Monday through Friday during the academic year. Sessions are 30 minutes, and are conducted by Zoom.
General coping strategies
Resources for students of color
Dr. Joy Harden Bradford "Therapy for Black Girls" Podcast (Session #134 specifically discusses the impact of racial trauma)
Liberate Meditation App for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community
Help staying connected with others
Cornell Virtual Engagement for Students (from the Dean of Students)
Connection in the Time of Coronavirus (from Global Cornell)
Help dealing with COVID-related anxiety
OCD/Coronavirus Town Hall (video)
Help dealing with general anxiety or other mental health concerns
Cornell Health's recommended resources (articles, videos, exercises, and online resources)
Help dealing with grief
Help with a disability-related concern
Help with a bias-related concern
Help dealing with boredom
List of Live Virtual Concerts (updated daily)
Online art classes (15- to 20-minute sessions)
Why Boredom Can Be Good for You (video)
Help getting exercise
Help with sleep issues
Help with body image / eating concerns
Help getting out in nature
Help connecting with nature virtually
Help developing a meditation practice
Headspace (free for New York residents)
Meditation Oasis app (free until COVID-19 pandemic end)
Help practicing gratitude and self-compassion
Help improving focus & limiting phone time
Help knowing how to help others
Donate money to an organization supporting people in need (like the Food Bank of the Southern Tier).
Visit the Cornell Public Service Center's complete list of ways to help.
Spiritual support during COVID-19
Cornell's Office of Spirituality & Meaning-Making offers these COVID spiritual resources.
Books to support well-being
The Illustrated Happiness Trap, by Russ Harris
Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Face Your Fears, by David Tolin, PhD
Stopping the Noise in Your Head, by Reid Wilson, PhD
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, by Edmund Bourne, PhD
Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, by Jonathan Grayson, PhD
Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts by Sally Winston, PsyD and Martin Seif, PhD
The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD, by Jon Hershfield, MFT and Tom Corboy, MFT
Feeling Good, by David Burns, M.D.
The Upward Spiral, by Alex Korb, PhD
The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown, PhD
Loving Like you Mean It, by Ronald J Frederick
Ethnicity and Family Relationships, by Monica McGoldrick
Nonviolent Communication, by Marshall Rosenberg
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder, by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb
Life Without Ed, by Jenni Schaefer with Thom Rutledge
Embody, by Connie Sobczak
Health at Every Size, by Linda Bacon
24/7 phone consultation
Students can call us (607-255-5155) any time, day or night, to speak with a licensed therapist from ProtoCall, our 24/7 support team of mental health professionals. ProtoCall therapists are experienced in providing support for common concerns experienced by college students, and can also refer you to other resources, when appropriate. (Consultation in different languages is available.)
Mental health services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers the following services to support students:
Learn more about our mental health services.
Teladoc telehealth services
Students enrolled in a Student Health Plan (SHP or SHP+) have prepaid access to Teladoc, which includes mental health and other telehealth services for individuals in the United States. Copays are consistent with the plans’ participating provider copay structure. (Students with private insurance may have coverage for Teladoc's services, but should check their plan for details.) Learn more about Teladoc.
Other ways to get support at Cornell
Visit Mental Health at Cornell for campus-wide information about ways to get support, health others, practice self-care, and get involved in the campus community.
24/7 chat & text support
You can also connect with someone now through one of these recommended hotlines or textlines, including options especially for BIPOC students and LGBTQ students.