Cornell Minds Matter

Mental Health Awareness Week is Almost Here!

Friday October 14th - Friday October 21st is Mental Health Awareness Week, our biggest event of the semester!

It will kick off with our first ever Spa Night in Willard Straight Hall and it will conclude with a very special Dining with Diverse Minds presentation by Kai Roberts with numerous other events throughout the week, including Lift Your Spirits Day on Wednesday in the Arts Quad.

For more information on the specific events during Mental Health Awareness week, click here!

Cornell Minds Matter (CMM) is a student-run organization that works to promote awareness of mental health issues on campus, reduce stigma associated with mental illnesses, and improve the overall emotional health of Cornell students. Cornell Minds Matter invites any student to participate in our organization. Our specific focus changes as new issues arise. Let us know your concerns or join us on our present projects.

Be a Leader of CMM

There are many leadership positions available in CMM; President, VP of Events or Outreach, Chair of Procrastinate @ the Straight, Feel Good Fridays or Healthy and Disordered Eating.  Or maybe you want to work on publicity, our publication or as treasurer. There are 20 different leadership roles available. Leadership can be very involved or require as little as an hour a week. We provide lots of leadership training and support as well as tons of appreciation for all who are part of our caring team.  CMM is a great way to do good, gain leadership skills, be healthy and be part of a great group of students who care for each other. Staff trainings are given once a month.  Sign up to be a staff member now.


Leave of Absence Support Group

The Dean of Students Office offers an orientation session for students returning from a leave of absence every Spring and Fall.  This is a great opportunity to meet others with similar concerns and get grounded right at the start of the semester.  This orientation session addresses the following issues: how did you use your leave constructively, how to explain to friends why you were away, forming a social network, making the best use of your time academically, using resources, preparing for challenges, etc.  Students who successfully returned from leave in the past will share their experiences as well.  They have become a strong support group for each other and are excited to welcome newcomers.

Students who choose to participate may have left the university voluntarily, involuntarily; for medical, mental health, academic, family or any other reason.

Optional follow-up support sessions will be held every Thursday at 4:30 pm in Willard Straight Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room.


Mental Health Programming Outreach

Cornell Minds Matter promotes the overall mental and emotional health of all Cornell students, works to reduce the stigma of mental illness, and holds events open to the entire Cornell community that foster a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Whether your interest stems from personal experience, academic interest, curiosity or desire for social action; we welcome you to join us in our quest. College is difficult enough as it is; silence leads to no positive outcome.

Gratitude Tabling

Supplies provided to offer students the opportunity to create hand made cards to send to family and friends. 

Four Steps to Happiness at Cornell

Increase your resilience and happiness by learning the 4 concrete steps to “Happiness at Cornell!”  The steps spell out the word S.O.A.P. but have nothing to do with being clean. For more information, check Cornell Minds Matter.

Bringing Mental Health Into Focus

Check out Cornell Minds Matter’s “Faces of Mental Health Campaign” depicting 20 Cornell student leaders.

This campaign speaks to the heart of Cornell Minds Matter’s message of every person taking care of his or her mental health. We all have mental health stresses and should all work to address our issues. “Speaking out” challenges the stigma associated with mental health and encourages others to do the same. Every person is more than their struggles. Only we should have the power to define who we are. For more information, check Cornell Minds Matter.