Check the College's COVID-19 links for important information.  Check the Counseling Center’s COVID-19 Coping page for links to information about coping with anxiety regarding COVID-19, some free resources for coping, and more. And, check below for links to information about coping with feelings regarding racism and other concerns. 


Please check back to this page for more information about how our services and availability may change in response to the situation.

To protect the health of students, staff, and their peers/families/friends, until further notice the Cornell College Counseling Services will be providing virtual services, including tele-counseling via secure video conferencing or telephone.  To schedule an appointment, call 319-895-4292 – please be aware that email is not confidential and is not checked outside of office hours/when the Center is closed, there are delays with email, and it should not be used for urgent concerns.  For the most confidential and timely communication, please call the Counseling Center during office hours:  Monday – Friday between 8am and 4:30pm Central time. 

Because telehealth might not be the best option for some students and counselors are licensed to practice only within the state, only Cornell students who are within Iowa and appropriate for this form of counseling are eligible for tele-counseling.  If you are not eligible for this form of counseling, or prefer a counselor off campus/in your community, please refer to information on this website for guidance on how to connect with a counselor off campus; Center staff are happy to assist with referral as needed.

Keep reading for information about additional resources on and off campus.

FOR STUDENTS ON CAMPUS

Counseling Appointments

  • We will continue to offer appointments to students who live on campus/in Iowa.  Please call us at 319-895-4292 to request an appointment rather than coming in to the office unannounced. 
  • You will need a webcam or smartphone for videoconferencing, a secure internet connection rather than public or free Wi-Fi, and a private location where you are alone and will not be overheard or interrupted (e.g., negotiate with your roommate so you each have some alone time in your room, wear earbuds to prevent others from hearing the full conversation, go for a walk while talking, sit in a car or a secluded spot outdoors, reserve a space on campus)

    Please call the Health Center at 319-895-4292 to find out about healthcare options if you are ill - please do not come in to the Health Center without advance notice to the nurse of your symptoms.

  • Staff may at times be working remotely from home and thus have less access to information in offices; during office hours staff working remotely will periodically check voicemail and email.  Please see below for information on what to do “In Case Of Emergency”.
  • Center services might be affected again by changes in College policies around COVID-19.  Please call if you have any questions.

Tele-psychiatry (Medication) Appointments

  • Barring any changes in the UIHC procedures, tele-psychiatry will still be available for students on campus/in Iowa.  If you are wondering if tele-psychiatry may be an appropriate service for you, please call 319-895-4292 to make an appointment to talk with a counselor about this.


FOR STUDENTS OUTSIDE OF IOWA

Counseling Services

Tele-psychiatry (Medication) Appointments

  • If you have previously met with Sima Tran for tele-psychiatry, you might be able to continue with her as a private patient.  You may inquire about this option by contacting Sima via MyChart or calling UIHC. 
  • If Sima as a private patient is not an option, you should seek follow up care in your local community (e.g., your primary care physician can provide referrals). 


TELEHEALTH FOR STUDENTS WITH HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS

Some insurance plans support telehealth, so we recommend you check with your insurance provider about medical and mental health services available to you while off campus/at home. 



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
    • Crisis Text Line
      • For Students of Color: Text STEVE to 741741
      • For Anyone:  Text HOME to 741741
    • The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth)
    • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860

 


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) . 

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.


Mission

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.