Student Health & Counseling

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) promotes the personal and educational success of Mercer students through health-related services and activities that support student learning and the academic environment. SHAC’s integrative model views health holistically and reflects a commitment to the well-being of the whole person through the provision of limited medical and brief mental health services.

The Student Health Clinic (Located in 206 Sheffield) is staffed by a part-time family nurse practitioner, a part-time registered nurse, and an administrative assistant, all supported by underwritten protocols of a physician consultant.  A physician is onsite for ½ day three times monthly for visits and consultations via appointment.  

Health services for currently enrolled students include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Appointments for minor illnesses
  • Clinical compliance requirements
  • Immunizations/vaccines (e.g., Hep B and T-Dap)
  • Tuberculosis screenings (i.e., TB skin tests or T-spot)
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Lab work and/or proof of immunity titers
  • Limited health screenings (e.g., school / travel / camp)

Counseling Services (Located in 215 Sheffield) supports students’ personal growth and life development skills.  An initial consultation and assessment period is followed by recommendations which may include free, brief psychotherapy on campus, and/or referrals to other resources on and off campus as appropriate.

The counseling center is the designated campus resource offering a level of confidentiality protected by law for reporting sexual assault or similar concerns; it is staffed by several part-time licensed professional counselors who are prepared to assist currently enrolled students with a variety of issues, including:

  • Abuse / Harassment
  • Anxiety
  • Career or Workplace
  • Depression
  • Family Conflicts
  • Grief or Loss
  • Health Goals / Personal Growth
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Study Skills / Time Management

Off-campus referrals are made by both services when student needs exceed the scope of services provided by SHAC, e.g. annual physicals, psychiatric evaluations, long-term psychotherapy, and management of chronic and/or persistent conditions.