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  • Student Counseling and Wellness Center

    Services for Student Mental Health and Wellness

    Why we exist

    The Student Counseling and Wellness Center exists to help UMMC students manage the stresses and difficulties of daily life-life inside and outside the classroom.

    We are:

    •  Accessible
    •  Confidential
    •  Skilled in addressing a wide variety of concerns
    •  Ready, willing, and able to help

    Our story

    We were founded in 2016 as the result of a collaboration between the Vice Chancellor's Office and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Our mission is to promote the mental health and wellness of UMMC students. We know that Mississippi's hopes of improving the health of its citizens depends on UMMC's ability to educate and train the next generation of health care professionals.

    Our services

    Our services are available to all UMMC students by appointment. Examples of concerns we can help with include:

    •  Stress and anxiety
    •  Depression and grief
    •  Adjustment, family and relationship issues

    Some available interventions

    •  Evaluation
    •  Medication consultation
    •  Brief motivational and solution-focused therapy
    •  Wellness counseling
    •  Cognitive behavioral therapy
    •  Behavioral activation

    Our hours

    • 1-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
    • 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday and Friday

    Who we are

    Danny Burgess, PhD - Dr. Burgess received his master's and PhdD degrees at Auburn University and completed both his internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin.

    Philip Merideth, MD - Dr. Merideth completed medical school and psychiatric residency at UMMC. As a psychiatrist, he is board-certified in adult, child and forensic psychiatry.

    Drs. Burgess and Merideth co-direct the Student Counseling and Wellness Center. In order to provide the most comprehensive care possible, they may make use of other evaluation and treatment resources at UMMC and in the larger community.


    With only a few exceptions that are allowed by law, the services that students receive at the Student Counseling and Wellness Center will be kept confidential.

    Contact us


    • Call (601) 984-6936

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