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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 and are free of charge. 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

  • Monday-Friday (by appointment only; no walk-ins accepted)

Who we are

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

Lindsay Avent Jay, MS, LPC - Lindsay Avent Jay received her bachelor's in psychology and master's in community counseling from Mississippi State University. She has more than 16 years of clinical experience.

Benetra Mangum-Johnson, PhD, LCSW - Dr. Mangum-Johnson received her master's and PhD degrees at Jackson State University and a psychology degree at the University of Mississippi.

Nick McAfee, PhD

Nick McAfee, PhD - Dr. McAfee received his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri. He completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UMMC.

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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. McAfee 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

  • Student Counseling and Wellness Center
    UMMC, H-822
    Jackson, MS 39216
    (601) 815-5588