Your Mental Wellbeing at Cornell

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Conversations and workshops for faculty and staff

Did you know?

Cornell offers services and resources such as life coaching, support groups, counseling, restorative spaces, meditation programs, and more.

 

Cornell is a caring community because of the efforts we all make — faculty, staff, and students — to seek help for ourselves and to offer support to others.  Please remember that your mental health and emotional wellbeing are just as important as your physical health. 

Cornell employees are invited to the following conversations/workshops that focus on aspects of mental health and wellbeing.  Questions may be sent to Work/Life in Human Resources at worklife@cornell.edu unless otherwise noted.

 

Conversations

CARING COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS - NAVIGATING GRIEF & LOSS AT WORK

 

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  • Are you mourning the loss of a colleague? 
  • Are you concerned about others in your work place who are grieving?
  • Do you care for others in your work and struggle to balance that with caring for yourself?
  • Are you wondering whether your thoughts and feelings are “normal” and unsure how to move forward? 

If any of these questions resonate with you, please join us at one or more of the following gatherings.  Facilitated by licensed clinicians from Family & Children’s Services of Ithaca, attendees may work through some of these thoughts, feelings, and patterns (sharing is optional). 

Thursday, October 3, 12-1 p.m.  340 Duffield Hall 

Tuesday, October 8, 12:15-1:15 p.m.  College of Veterinary Medicine Center, Hagan Room (located behind atrium staircase)

Wednesday, October 16, 12-1 p.m. 341 Caldwell Hall

No registration needed.  However, rooms have been selected to seat smaller groups in order to provide a quiet and more private environment. 

Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. 

 

 

 

Workshops

►NOTICE & RESPOND: ASSISTING STUDENTS (AND OTHERS) IN DISTRESS

  • Friday, September 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m.Register
  • Thursday, December 12, 1-3 p.m.Register

Cornell Health, Level 1 Tang Conference Center Room 127 C&D

This interactive bystander education program teaches staff and faculty:

  • what to look for that might indicate that someone is struggling emotionally
  • how to effectively talk about it
  • how to gauge the severity of the situation 
  • where to find assistance and support for various situations 

Note: While this program was designed using a student-centric scenario, the information presented is also highly applicable to supporting colleagues in distress. 

Presented by Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, MA, Program Director, Mental Health Promotion, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives

 

MINDFULNESS FOR STRESS REDUCTION

Monday, October 7, 12:30-1:30  Register

G10 Biotech

Take a moment for yourself to discover peace through mindfulness. During this workshop, you will gain the ability to learn how to relax by identifying and building resilience toward stress. Cornell Wellness will introduce you to meditation, body scans and gentle yoga, leaving you feeling renewed for the rest of your day.

Presented by Keri Johnson, A.A.S., NASM-PT, LMT, CrossFit-L1

 

►EMPLOYEE WELLBEING 101: AN OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMS & RESOURCES AT CORNELL (ZOOM WEBINARS)

  • Friday, October 11, 1-1:30 p.m. –Register
  • Tuesday, November 12, 9-9:30 a.m.–Register

New to Cornell or just looking to learn more?  Learn about the wide variety of wellbeing-related programs and services Cornell employees have access to. Modeled after the Cornell 7-Dimensions of Wellbeing, we will highlight programs related to physical and emotional health, family life, and much more. Join us remotely for this short presentation and part with information to help you and/or those you work with.

Note: Registrants will receive an email with log-in directions a few days prior to the session.

Presented by Work/Life in Human Resources

 

►FOSTERING A CULTURE OF WELLBEING & FLEXIBILITY: A PROGRAM FOR SUPERVISORS (ZOOM WEBINAR)

Tuesday, November 19, 10-11:00 a.m. - Register

Supervisors are uniquely positioned to impact employee wellbeing and to cultivate a flexible work culture that helps both the team and the individual meet goals and personal needs. In this session, attendees will learn about 1) the evidence-based workplace benefits of wellbeing and flexibility, 2) signs of a healthy leader/healthy team, 3) how to better incorporate wellbeing into the workplace, and 4) how to integrate workplace flexibility as a strategic business practice. 

Note:  Registrants will receive an email with log-in directions a few days prior to the session.

Presented by Michelle Artibee, MBA, Associate Director of Work/Life in Human Resources

 

SELF-CARE IS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Friday, November 8, 9-10:30 a.m. – Register

345 East Hill Plaza, HR Training Room

This fun and engaging workshop encourages staff/faculty to practice self-care as a vital part of professional development. Stress is an inevitable part of life. The goal isn't to get rid of stress, but rather to learn to respond to it well. This program provides information about self-care strategies and resources that can be utilized during the work day as well as outside of work. Staff/faculty will explore specific techniques to strengthen their own emotional resilience and keep their stress in check in order to thrive (and not just survive) at Cornell and beyond. 

Presented by Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, MA, Program Director, Mental Health Promotion, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives

 

►MANAGING COMPASSION FATIGUE AND BURNOUT

Wednesday, December 11, 3-4:00 p.m. - Register

East Hill Office Building, Room 140 (Zoom webinar also available)

Whether we're pushing through a difficult work week, struggling to address complexities, or navigating difficult cases and people, it's hard not to feel emotionally drained. Committing to our sense of compassion and meaning in our work becomes more challenging as we face further adversity. 

Ultimately, managing compassion fatigue and burnout will involve effort and intention. However, these efforts will help us renew our passion over time and contribute to career longevity. This workshop will teach participants the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout and how to prevent and address them.

Presented by Makenzie Peterson, MSc, Wellbeing Program Director, College of Veterinary Medicine

 

ALIGNING OUR VALUES: FINDING GREATER MEANING IN OUR WORK (ZOOM WEBINAR)

Thursday, January 9, 9-10:00 a.m.- Register

Zoom Webinar

Sometimes the work we do is no longer engaging or stimulating.  Finding work that speaks to your strengths and feels rewarding can be challenging, but most often we tend to not consider our values when searching for the right fit. Aligning with work that speaks to our values and provides us meaning on a deeper level can help combat compassion fatigue and burnout and gives us an opportunity to share a greater portion of our natural abilities. Participants will engage in a values assessment exercise and learn about how to identify values-based meaning in their work.

Presented by Makenzie Peterson, MSc, Wellbeing Program Director, College of Veterinary Medicine

 

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT

 

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