Supporting Your Well-being

During Times of Difficulty — April 21st, 2020 Edition

Dear community,

As you continue to adapt to all the recent changes, we want to remind you of resources available to help ease the burden and stresses that come with this. For students, the Access Fund can provide up to $500 of financial support to help mitigate barriers, access basic necessities, and cover emergency expenses not covered through financial aid or other university resources. Learn more about the Access Fund, read FAQs, and apply for assistance here. Additionally, Cornell Health's Coping During COVID-19 page contains a wealth of resources for supporting your well-being. For faculty, staff, and students, Cornell's Coronavirus Resources page contains valuable health, academic, and employee resources.

During distressing times, it can be helpful to find small moments of celebration. This week, we hope you find something to celebrate, whether that's savoring a moment to enjoy your morning coffee, celebrating a loved one's birthday, or joining the global community in celebrating Earth Day! This newsletter offers many opportunities for doing the latter, with ways to learn, engage, observe, and connect with nature's beauty.

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health

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Earth Day Fast Facts

Gear up for Earth Day on April 22nd with these fast facts! Learn a bit about the history of the holiday, environmental movements in the U.S., and view stunning photographs of some of the oldest living things on earth!
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Lyrid Meteor Shower is Currently Active

The annual Lyrid meteor shower is about to reach its peak! If you have clear skies and minimal light pollution late Tuesday the 21st into Wednesday morning, you just might be able to catch what could be the best meteor-viewing opportunity until November. During its peak, you can spot up to 18 meteors per hour! Catch a glimpse from your window or head outside to your yard for some fresh air and a spectacular show!

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Global Climate Stories: Challenge, Choice and Change

Wednesday, April 22nd, 10-11:30am

This is an online event.

Our changing climate poses great challenges for humanity around the world: extreme weather events, sea level rise, flooding, drought, wildfires and more. How are countries in areas most affected by climate change responding to these and other challenges?

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this special live webinar will feature Fellows in Cornell’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, sharing stories of the choices they face in their home countries and the actions they are taking in response to this global crisis. Presented in partnership with the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and the CALS Department of Global Development.

Date/time: Wednesday, April 22; 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EST
Panelists: Dr. Hlaing Hlaing Htoon, Assistant Lecturer at Mawlamyine University, Myanmar; Mr. Artak Khachatryan, Director of Agricultural Technology Input and Service Department, CARD Agroservice CJSC, Armenia; Mr. Md. Tanvir Ahmed, Deputy Director at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD)
Cost: Free but pre-registration for the webinar is required. The webinar will be recorded.


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Virtual Tour of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory

Below or at this link, enjoy a virtual "tour" of the many plants that reside within Cornell's Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory up on Tower Road! Even though the conservatory remains closed to the public, you can still enjoy its beauty and learn about the mesmerizing world of plants!
Now Let's Meet Some Cool Plants!

Bright Spot:

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Cornell's Climate Impact

“On March 7, with temperatures ranging between 18 and 33 degrees, Cornell was able to meet 100% of campus energy demands with renewables. Due to shifts in operating status and centralized cutbacks in heating and energy use, it is anticipated that energy needed to power campus this spring will be met largely by renewables.” - Rick Burgess, Vice President for Facilities and Campus Services

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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 (appointments may be offered by video, phone, or online, depending on your location and need). Our in-person services are currently limited to pre-screened COVID-19 testing and select pharmacy services. As always, please refer to the Cornell Health website for the most up-to-date information regarding our services.