Getting Started

Please Note: A fee of $25 will be applied to any student who does not show up for their appointment or cancels late with less than a 24 hour notice.

- Getting Started at SCS

To get started, come to Student Counseling Services (SCS) during our Walk-In Hours (Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.). Here you can see a mental health clinician for a brief consultation on a first-come, first-served basis.  When you arrive, you will be asked to complete introductory paperwork, which takes about 30 minutes. After completing the paperwork, you will see the clinician for 10-20 minutes.  Please be aware that during high volume periods, you may experience a wait between completion of the paperwork and meeting the clinician. We recommend that you set aside at least 1.5 hours to utilize our Walk-In Hours. Please bring your student ID, the name, address, and phone number of an emergency contact, and a list of any current medications with you to Walk-In Hours.

During the consultation, the clinician will evaluate your concerns and collaborate with you to find the best fit for your concerns. We have a variety of services at SCS including self-help resources, support groups, advocacy, Let’s Talk, workshops, therapy groups, and brief individual and couple therapy. We also have access to a network of mental health providers both on and off campus, and when appropriate you may be referred to one of these agencies.

For additional questions about Walk-In Hours, please call 662-325-2091.

- Students in Crisis

Students in crisis are encouraged to utilize Walk-In Hours (Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.). However, during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), clinicians are also available to assist students in immediate crisis. We understand each student’s situation is unique and that a feeling of emergency is defined by each student. We define a crisis as:

  • You are having intense thoughts of suicide
  • You have a plan for suicide
  • You have recently attempted to kill yourself
  • You have taken steps toward ending your life
  • You are having intense thoughts of harming others
  • You have a plan to harm others
  • You are concerned about the immediate safety of another student
  • You are hearing or seeing things that others do not
  • You have recently been physically and/or sexually assaulted
  • You have recently experienced another traumatic event
  • You feel unsafe (e.g. someone has threatened violence, hate/bias/discrimination, stalking, and/or abuse)
  • You have not slept at all in two or more days and this is unusual for you
  • You have recently been discharged from a psychiatric hospital
  • You are making choices that are putting you in immediate danger (e.g. alcohol or drug use, eating issues)
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