The Counseling Center is closed for the summer.
We will reopen in August.
If you need assistance prior to that time, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (319) 895-4234, Mon.-Fri., 8am-4pm.
Also, telephone assistance is available 24 hours a day from the Foundation 2 Crisis Center at 319-362-2174.
See below for additional information and resources
Check the College's COVID-19 page for important information (click on the COVID-19 tab). And, check below for links to information about coping with feelings regarding COVID-19, racism, and other concerns.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
- As always, please call Campus Safety at 319-895-4292 for urgent situations on campus; call 911 in case of emergency on campus or if you are off campus in the United States. Find more information on what to do in an emergency.
- Foundation 2 Crisis Center in Cedar Rapids has a 24-hour hotline: 1-800-332-4224 or 319-362-2174
- Accessing other crisis resources: you can find urgent care units, hospitals and community clinics in your immediate area who offer care for urgent mental health issues as they come up.
- In Iowa: Your Life Iowa, information and resources about mental health, suicide, alcohol, drugs, gambling, vaping and e-cigarettes; call 855-581-8111, text 855-895-8398, or chat from the website
- National crisis hotlines and online services:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
- The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Suicide Hotline): 1-866-488-7386
- Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- Crisis Text Line for Students of Color: Text STEVE to 741741
- Lifeline Crisis Chat https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
Finding a Therapist in Your Home Community
For more information on how to connect with a therapist in your home community, please visit this page.
Anxiety and National or World Events
Natural disasters, or illness including COVID-19, may affect you and/or your loved ones. Racism, discrimination, violence - including mass shootings, and threats of violence in our nation and around the world are harmful to everyone's physical and mental health. Resources are available on and off campus as well as online, including many resources for people of color and those wanting to learn more about racism and mental health as well as how to be anti-racist (e.g., PsychHub, meditations, free e-books) .
Managing Concerns and Emotions about COVID-19
News reports about the coronavirus, together with concerns that the virus could become more widespread, is raising a number of concerns and making some people worry. Learn more about taking care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty here.
Here are some additional tips to help you put information and concerns in perspective, manage your worry, and maintain a positive outlook.
- Seek accurate information and limit exposure to social media and news reports that provide no new information or inaccurate information. Here are some reliable sources of information:
- Keep things in perspective. Take a deep breath and stay focused on what the situation actually is, rather than the worst-case-scenario. It can be helpful to shift your focus to things within your control rather than things outside your control.
- Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties.
- Maintain your normal day-to-day activities and keep connected. Resist withdrawing and isolating yourself. Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. Feel free to share useful information you find on governmental websites with your friends and family. It will help them deal with their own worry. If your day to day activities are disrupted by college closings, attempt to create structure in your day by: scheduling a normal bedtime and wake up time; structuring your time with hobbies, homework, reading, etc.; scheduling regular phone/video contact with friends and family
- Follow the prevention and protection tips given by medical professionals such as the Cornell College Student Health Services, national medical authorities, and your own medical doctor.
- Practice calming rituals. Stay grounded in the present moment, which can help you maintain an internal sense of stability and balance when outside events feel threatening.
- Seek supports & use campus resources. Reach out to friends and family and learn about on-campus and off-campus resources that are available.
- Avoid stigmatizing or generalizing. Remember to keep in mind the kindness and empathy with which we strive to treat one another at all times as we address this challenge together. Be aware if your behavior or attitudes change towards others from another country, and avoid stigmatizing anyone who is sick as potentially having the Coronavirus. Often when there is uncertainty, our thoughts can become more less compassionate and more fear-based.
RECOGNIZING DISTRESS - A SELF-CHECK LIST
- Increased worry, fear, and feelings of being overwhelmed
- Depressive symptoms that persist and/or intensify
- Inability to focus or concentrate accompanied by decreased academic or work performance or performance of other daily activities
- Sleep difficulties
- Excessive crying
- Isolating or withdrawing from others, fear of going into public situations
- Unhealthy coping (e.g., increased alcohol or drug use, engaging in risky/impulsive behaviors)
- A feeling of hopelessness and/or a paralyzing fear about the future
- Sudden anger or irritability, or noticeable changes in personality
It’s not unusual to experience some — or even several — of the types of distress listed above during times of uncertainly and stress. If you notice these signs in yourself, reach out to family and friends for support, and engage in your usual heathy coping strategies (e.g., moderate exercise; eating well; getting adequate sleep; practicing yoga, meditation, or some other mindfulness activity; take time for yourself; engage in a hobby or other fun activity, etc.).
If your distress continues or gets to the point that you are having difficulty managing your day-to-day activities, then seek professional help.
The Chaplain offers virtual yoga, breathwork, meditation, and more at her “Take a Breath” page.
Need help with unemployment services, housing, food, clothing, or more? Enter your zip code at http://www.211.org/services/covid19, or call 211, to find resources specific to your area.
There are MANY additional free resources online right now for coping. Here are just a few to consider:
- Sanvello is offering the premium version of their app free for the time being, for help with stress, anxiety, and depression: https://www.sanvello.com/
- Headspace, a popular mindfulness app, is offering free meditations: https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
- Psychology Tools is offering the "Free Guide to Living With Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty" - find psychoeducation about worry and anxiety, and some CBT exercises for managing wellbeing, available in more than 20 languages: https://www.psychologytools.com/articles/free-guide-to-living-with-worry-and-anxiety-amidst-global-uncertainty/
- HeartMath (the company that makes the biofeedback program in the Stress Free Room) is offering a free online program "The Heartmath Experience" to help with stress and anxiety
Parts adapted from: Amherst College – “Counseling Center: COVID-19 News and Updates” (https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/health-safety-wellness/counseling/covid-19-news-and-service-changes), University of Indianapolis – “Psychological Tips for Managing Coronavirus Concerns” (https://www.uindy.edu/studentcounseling/scc-news-updates) & American Psychological Association- “Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus” (https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/bird-flu)
Online Mental Health and Anxiety Screenings
These free screenings are made available to all Cornell students and are taken anonymously. The screenings are provided so that you may find out -- in a matter of minutes -- whether or not professional consultation would be helpful to you.
Online Mental Health Screening
This link offers online screenings for depression, bipolar disorder (aka manic depression), anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (aka PTSD), alcohol, and eating disorders.
Online Anxiety Screening
Click the link above to go to "Freedom From Fear", which offers an online screening for anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder, as well as online screening for depression.
The Cornell College Counseling Center complements the college’s academic mission by assisting students’ personal and educational development through short-term counseling, consultation, educational outreach, and referral. We seek to help students develop effective problem solving and decision-making capabilities, in order to make satisfying life choices and maximize their capacity for continued emotional growth.