Supporting Your Well-being

During Times of Difficulty — April 24th, 2020 Edition

Dear community,

As we enter the weekend, reflect on this week's accomplishments. Perhaps you connected with a friend or family member, cooked a delicious meal, added some movement to your wellness routine, or changed out of sweats for [some of] your Zoom meetings. Whatever your accomplishments, big or small, take time to acknowledge them and recognize your resilience; use this weekend as an opportunity to appreciate yourself and your perseverance during this challenging time. Give yourself some well-deserved relaxation and be sure to do something that you enjoy!

In this newsletter, learn how to make a mask in only one minute using simple household items, find out how to stream concerts, plays, and performances from Cornell and around the world, and get matched with your perfect Quarantine Buddy thanks to a trio of innovative Cornell students!

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health

Cornell: Stop COVID - How to Make a Mask

Cornell: Stop COVID – How to Make a Mask

One thing we learned from our Cornell Health COVID-19 Survey that ran earlier this month is that the vast majority of students were interested in receiving more information about COVID-19 risk reduction. In response, Skorton Center staff developed a series of short videos that will highlight simple risk reduction measures to protect yourself and your loved ones, no matter where you currently reside. View the first video above to learn how to make a simple mask to protect yourself, your friends, and your family!

To see the current collection of social norms campaign messages that were generated from the results of the survey, please visit:

12 Concerts and Shows to Stream this Weekend!

With concerts and live performances being cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, many artists are choosing to make these events available online. From Post Malone to Broadway shows, here is a list of a dozen different concerts, musicals, ballets and more for your viewing enjoyment this weekend!

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Live Stream PULSE 2019: Yamatai's Annual Concert

Saturday, April 25th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Yamatai invites you to join them for a watch party of PULSE 2019 on YouTube on Saturday, April 25th at 7 p.m. EDT!

Last year was Yamatai's 9th year selling out at Bailey Hall, and while it is unfortunate that PULSE 2020 is no longer happening, we hope you’re staying safe and ready to have fun! The watch party of PULSE 2019 promises to delight and amaze the audience yet again with the power, intensity, and lyricism of taiko drumming! It even features a collaboration with Cornell Big Red Raas, so don’t miss out!

Whether it’s because you enjoy the art of taiko, or wish to fulfill #133 on Cornell's list of 161 things – join Yamatai on Youtube for an amazing time!

Livestream Youtube Link:

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Listen to the Cornell Chimes

Looking for more Cornell concerts? If you're away from Ithaca and feeling nostalgic for the sound of the chimes, listen to a few of the clock tower classics here.

Bright Spot:

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Cornellians Help Battle Loneliness with Quarantine Buddy

Read about how Cornell students Jordyn Goldzweig, Sam Brickman, and Alisa Lai created and adapted their own machine learning algorithm in order to create Quarantine Buddy, a platform that is helping people of all ages, all over the world connect during quarantine. This free service matches users up with their ideal quarantine buddy based on their answers to 10 questions, allowing people to forge new connections with folks they otherwise may never have gotten to meet or befriend.

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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.