Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mission statement: The health and mental wellbeing of our students is a top priority of the BBS program. We recognize that stresses unique to the responsibilities of performing PhD-level research contribute to creating mental health challenges that are new or overwhelming. In the BBS community, we seek to dismantle the stigma associated with these commonly-encountered experiences. Our goal is to provide resources to encourage students to reach out and access a variety of available mental health support systems, without fear that it will be negatively viewed or impede their progress. The PhD journey is a marathon, and we believe that actively caring for students’ mental wellbeing is vital to ensure that they flourish as scientists.

CVM Mental Wellbeing Resource website

Cornell Mental Health resources: BBS graduate students have access to a variety of professional mental health resources through Cornell Health. These include group counseling, individual counseling appointments, drop-in consultations, and skills-based workshops. The links below provide more details on each of these options: 

Let’s Talk

Drop-in consultations with a CAPS counselor
https://health.cornell.edu/services/mental-health-care/lets-talk

CAPS Community Liaisons

CAPS has enhanced its staffing with the addition of community liaisons to better support students. The liaisons include:

Individual Counseling

individualized mental health support
https://health.cornell.edu/services/mental-health-care/individual-counseling

Group Counseling

Addressing issues common among students
https://health.cornell.edu/services/mental-health-care/group-counseling

Spring 2022 Groups

  • International Student Process Group

  • "Coming Full Circle" (specific to Indigenous/Native American Students)

  • "BEING": A Processing & Motivational Group for Students of Color

  • LGBT+ Support/Process Group for Graduate Students

  • Graduate Women's Process Group

  • Positive Action Through Interaction: A Graduate Student Group for All Genders

  • Anxiety & You: Managing Anxiety in Times of Uncertainty

  • Perfectionism: From Paralysis to Progress

  • Men of Color Support Group

  • Moving Forward: A Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence

  • ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) for Anxiety & Depression

  • Cornell Healthy Eating Program (CHEP) Recovery Group

  • Roll Advantage: An Intentional Gaming Group

  • Grief Support Group

  • Life Altering Illness Support Group

  • Substance Use Strategies and Support: Find What Works For You

How to join (or learn more about) a group:  Most groups require potential members to have a brief group orientation with the group leader(s) to see if the group is the right one for you. (Group descriptions below indicate whether an orientation is required.)

If the group you’re interested in requires an orientation: You may schedule your orientation appointment online at myCornellHealth, or by calling Cornell Health during business hours at 607-255-5155.

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