Supporting Your Well-being

During Times of Difficulty — May 12th, 2020 Edition

Dear community,

As we approach the final days of the semester, your well-being remains vital. Celebrations are ahead, whether virtual or with those in your household, and we join in recognizing your accomplishments this semester.

In this newsletter, we offer nourishment for the many senses. We've included opportunities for a Cornell chimes concert, a Netflix watch party, and a talk on making healthy choices in stressful times. We also share an upcoming plant sale as well as video clips of ballerinas around the world dancing (at home) to Swan Lake to nourish your appreciation of the arts and a clip of a bear taking a bath to bring you a laugh . Have a great week!

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health

Cornell Chimes LIVE on May 12

If you miss hearing the Chimes ring out on campus too, please save the date and join our whole Cornell community for a live stream concert on May 12 at 7:45pm. This live concert will feature two of our class of 2020 student Chimesmasters. More details coming soon! Thank you to Marisa LaFalce, our friends in Alumni Affairs & Development, and the student Chimesmasters for making this special program possible.

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Michelle Obama's "Becoming" Watch Party, May 14

Looking for a Study Break during Study Days? Come join the Women’s Resource Center as we watch Becoming, the newly released documentary about Michelle Obama on Netflix at 2:00pm this Thursday, May 14th. Email us at for the URL. No Netflix subscription necessary.

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Managing Your Well-being: Empowering Yourself to Make Healthy Choices During Stressful Moments, May 15

May 15, 1:00pm – This eCornell Keynote Lecture discusses the fact that making the commitment to your overall well-being and physical wellness takes focus and drive, a daunting task for many of us even under normal circumstances. Fortunately, there are skills and strategies you can learn to overcome obstacles to wellness and well-being. Learn about the myth of work/life balance, how and why to embrace imperfection, how to maximize limited time and resources, and strategies for taking first steps toward your desires.

2020 Spring Plant Sale

Leaves and grass are turning green, and bursts of color are returning to our landscapes. You can purchase veggie starts, fruiting shrubs and trees, and ornamental plants that support pollination and keep pests away at the Pavilion at Steamboat landing / Ithaca Farmers' Market on May 25, 9am-2pm.

Pre-Registration & Tickets required

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Swans for Relief

Black, White, Latinx, and Asian ballerinas from numerous countries across the globe, including the US, dance to Swan Lake from their homes. Visually stunning, with beautiful cello tones by African American cellist Wade Davis.

Swans For Relief


Have some extra time and want to learn something new? A student on West Campus has created an online tutorial to show you how to make a variety of beautiful origami designs.
Origami Lucky Stars

Bright Spot:

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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 Laura Weiss, Sexual Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, 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.