Supporting Your Well-being

During Times of Difficulty — May 8th, 2020 Edition

Dear community,

During this last weekend before classes end, it's as important as ever to do what you can to take care of your physical and mental health. This includes taking time to reflect on the fact that you've navigated this unique semester, having some fun, and engaging in activities that replenish you! In this newsletter, we've included information specifically to support your physical and mental health; Calm app's 31-day challenge, online options for enjoying beautiful wildflowers and azaleas, and virtual events to lift your spirits. Have a great weekend!

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health

Cornell Telehealth Services

Cornell Health Telehealth Services

View the video above to learn about how students can access medical and mental health services and support through video and phone appointments.
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Calm's 31-day Mood Tracking Challenge

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Calm, a leading mindfulness app, invites you to do a free daily check-in challenge with yourself by using their app to record how you’re feeling. Regularly tracking your emotional rhythms is a powerful way to take care of your mental health. Visit the Calm Blog for more mood-tracking tips and resources, including a Feelings Wheel to help you gain insight into your emotions and information about the benefits of mood tracking. Get started today by opening the app or visiting Calm online!

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Cornell Botanic Gardens: Wildflower Exploration at Home

Cornell Botanic Gardens has made their Wildflower Exploration program available online to the public! Typically offered to area third grade classes in conjunction with visiting the Mundy Wildflower Garden, this program includes video lessons, downloadable activities, and more to share with the children in your life. Learning about wildflowers may even inspire you to get outside and spot some spring blooms in the natural areas near you!

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Mother's Day Virtual Azalea Garden Tour from New York Botanical Garden

Sunday, May 10th, 11-11:30am

This is an online event.

The Maureen K. Chilton Azalea Garden is the iconic backdrop for New York Botanical Garden's annual Mother’s Day Garden Party, and they don’t want you to miss it. That’s why they’re bringing its spring beauty to you with a virtual tour this Mother’s Day. Join for a Facebook Watch Party this Sunday, May 10, at 11 a.m. EDT, and invite friends or family to enjoy with you.

Once the Watch Party goes live, the direct link will be posted here, so keep an eye out!

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Cornell Minds Matter Digital Dance Workshop Series

Friday, May 8th, 5-6pm

This is an online event.

Brought to you by Cornell Dancers' Alliance and Cornell Minds Matter, join some of Cornell's dance community leaders and get your body moving as they teach you some fun new dance moves! Click here to register for this free workshop.
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Free Virtual Escape Room!

Friday, May 8th, 7-11pm

This is an online event.

Friday May 8 from 7-11pm (EST)


Take an hour to escape! Cornell Campus Activities is once again offering a virtual escape room to the Cornell community! Sign up with your friends, roommates, student organizations, or by yourself via CampusGroups! All participants must RSVP to receive the access link and next steps.

To RSVP & get more information, click link below:

Virtual Escape Room – Friday 5/8 7pm-11pm EST (Cornell time)

The latest you and your group can join to play is 10pm EST.

Email with any questions!

Bright Spot:

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Cornell Video "Hawk Talk" up for a People's Choice Award!

The Cornell "Hawk Talk" video is up for a People’s Choice award in the STEM for All Video Showcase. Cast your vote after viewing any time between now and May 12!

In an online collaborative space called Bird Cams Lab, viewers of a live streaming Red-tailed Hawk cam joined with scientists and other volunteer data annotators to co-create a scientific investigation of hawk behavior using cam footage. Now using this "Hawk Talk" pilot project as a model, they’re looking to scale up this process with thousands more viewers using cams at bird feeders and nests. Interested in participating? Sign up at

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Talk/Text Resources

If you find yourself struggling or in need of someone to talk to, know that you are not alone.

The following resources are here to support you:

Cornell Resources

  • Cornell Health phone consultation (24/7): 607-255-5155

Ithaca Resources (24/7)

  • Ithaca Crisisline: 800-273-8255

  • Advocacy Center (sexual/domestic violence): 607-277-5000

National Talk-Lines (24/7)

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

  • Trevor Project hotline (LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386

  • LGBT+ National Hotline: 888-843-4564

  • TransLifeline: 877-565-8860

National Text/Chat Services

  • National Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741

  • Steve Fund crisis text line: Text STEVE to 741741 (connects you to a crisis counselor of color)

  • Trevor Project text line (LGBTQ+): Text START to 678678

  • National Suicide Prevention "Lifeline CHAT" service:

Get in Touch

  • Contact Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, Mental Health Promotion Program Director, at

  • Contact Amber Pasha, Public Health Fellow, at

  • All Cornell students, regardless of location, can access medical and mental health services through FREE telehealth appointments with Cornell Health. Please CALL US (607-255-5155) to schedule all visits and appointments. Our in-person services are currently limited to pre-screened COVID-19 testing and care. As always, please refer to the Cornell Health website for the most up-to-date information regarding our services.