Medical or Mental Health Emergency


A medical emergency may exist for many reasons including trauma, alcohol or other drug overdose, serious mental health issues, or medical conditions like diabetes or cardiac arrest.

  • Call 911
  • Do not move the person unless they are in immediate danger
  • Provide first aid if you are trained to do so
  • Reassure the person that help is on the way

Students (or anyone concerned about a student):  Consultation regarding medical and mental health concerns is available by phone at all times.  Call Gannett Health Services at 607 255-5155.

Faculty, staff, post-doctoral fellows and associates, retirees, spouses/partners of employees:  Consultation with a counselor is available by phone at all times.  Call the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 607 255-2673.

If you are immediately concerned that someone may harm themselves or others, please call the Cornell Police at 607 255-1111.

HEART ATTACK – Know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack
  • Chest Discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body.  Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include: breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • If you or someone with you might be having a heart attack CALL 911
  • Stay calm
  • Send someone to get the nearest Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)