An email survey to identify and reach stressed, anxious or depressed transfer and international students was recently sent by Gannett Health Services. Despite its potential effectiveness, a small percentage of students responded to the survey, and others said the questions made them feel uncomfortable.
Mental illness, when covered by the popular media, is generally considered in one of two contexts: stories about violent crime or exposés on the shortcomings of drug company marketing. The American public would be better served by greater consideration of the everyday success stories made possible by the revolution on psychiatric pharmacology.
As the Calendar Committee prepares to present its proposed changes to the academic calendar to the Faculty Senate, the Student Assembly unanimously passed a resolution Thursday decrying both the changes and the lack of student input in the discussion leading up to the recommendations.
President David Skorton’s message to the community after a string of student suicides in 2010 — “If you learn anything at Cornell, please learn to ask for help” — has resonated among employees on campus through the University’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, which has recently gained visibility.
The University’s Calendar Committee is proposing to add four vacation days to the spring semester and shorten exam week in an effort to reduce student stress, the committee’s chair Prof. Jeff Doyle, plant biology, confirmed Wednesday.