Mental Health Resources

The articles, videos, exercises, and online resources below have been hand-picked by our CAPS staff to provide information for students interested in self-help strategies, and support for students who may be waiting to see a counselor.

We also invite you to explore our Health Topics section and our Fact Sheet Library for additional resources.

Want to speak with a counselor today?

  • You can call us 24/7 (607-255-5155) to consult with licensed mental health provider
  • Or stop by a Let's Talk site any day Monday–Friday to meet informally with a CAPS provider (Note: availability decreases during university breaks)
  • Trained peer counselors are also available through EARS

If you are experiencing an urgent mental health concern, please do not hesitate to call us (607-255-5155) or come in to Cornell Health during business hours.



>​​​​​​​ OCD guide for college students (pdf)
>​​​​​​​ Explaining exposure for OCD 
>​​​​​​​ Dealing with obsessive worry
>​​​​​​​ OCD assessment (pdf) 
​​​​​​​> Understanding Intrusive Thoughts


>​​​​​​​ Perfectionism vs. healthy striving
>​​​​​​​ 14 signs of perfectionism
>​​​​​​​ Overcoming perfectionism
>​​​​​​​ Perfectionism and acceptance (pdf)
>​​​​​​​ Princeton professor's CV of failures
>​​​​​​​ 3 things I wish I knew about perfectionism in my 20s


>​​​​​​​ The procrastination equation
>​​​​​​​ How to break the procrastination doom loop

Relationship / communication issues

> An Adult’s Guide to Social Skills
>​​​​​​​ Four S's of a healthy relationship (safety, secure, seen, soothed)
>​​​​​​​ How does the brain react to a romantic breakup?
>​​​​​​​ Is my relationship healthy?
>​​​​​​​ 5 small ways to avoid losing yourself in your relationship
>​​​​​​​ Dealing with jealousy
>​​​​​​​ Communication tips
>​​​​​​​ We're all hiding something (TED Talk)
>​​​​​​​ The power of vulnerability (TED Talk) 
>​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness (TED Talk)

Self-care / self-soothing

>​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Massage therapy (Cornell Health)
>​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Self-care when you're not feeling okay
>​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Make a coping plan
>​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Grounding and self-soothing for emotion regulation 


>​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​The difference between self-compassion and self-esteem
>​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Trauma and self-compassion
>​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Building self-compassion online workbook
>​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Self-compassion videos


>​​​​​​​ Overcoming toxic shame
>​​​​​​​ Listening to shame (TED Talk)

Stress management 

>​​​​​​​ Stress management information / resources (Cornell Health)
>​​​​​​​ An introduction to meditation (Cornell Health)
>​​​​​​​ Let's Meditate guided meditation series (Cornell)
>​​​​​​​ A focus on guided meditation (Cornell) 
>​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Massage therapy (Cornell Health)

>​​​​​​​ Stress-reaction cycle
>​​​​​​​ Stress management strategies (pdf)
>​​​​​​​ Stress management benefits of taking a break from social media
>​​​​​​​ How to make stress your friend (TED Talk)
>​​​​​​​ Relaxation exercises
>​​​​​​​ Calm app
>​​​​​​​ BellyBio interactive breathing app


>​​​​​​​ Suicide information / resources (Cornell Health)
>​​​​​​​ Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service (Ithaca) 
>​​​​​​​ Suicide Prevention Lifeline (national)
>​​​​​​​ How suicide deceives
>​​​​​​​ Stories of hope and recovery 
>​​​​​​​ Suicide safety plan app 

Tolerating uncertainty 

>​​​​​​​ How to tolerate uncertainty
>​​​​​​​ Fear of the unknown and anxiety/depression in Millenials
>​​​​​​​ Acceptance of uncertainty workbook (pdf)