"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Atlanta CAPS office provides services to currently-enrolled Mercer students (e.g., Mercer's Atlanta campus and area programs). Do you want to know how to initiate services? Maybe you would like to put a face to the names of those you might meet. The CAPS-ATL website has all this and more. Welcome!
In Case of Emergency:
In case of emergency, please contact Mercer Police Department (MERPO) at 678-547-6358 if you are on the Atlanta campus, or call 9-8-8 if you are experiencing a mental health crisis off campus. In Georgia, dialing 9-8-8 routes callers to the Georgia Crisis and Access Line for crisis assistance as well as help locating mental health resources in their area. Look to the Crisis Resources link on this page for even more resources.
Initiating Routine Services:
To learn about your needs, concerns, and availability, and to confirm your eligibility for services, CAPS conducts 30-minute Initial Screening appointments by phone for currently-enrolled Mercer students. Please call CAPS at 678-547-6060 to request an appointment, and if necessary leave a message so that we may your call. CAPS utilizes a brief therapy model to help students manage challenges and make changes related to mental health and wellness, academics and professionalism, along with personal, relationship, and developmental issues. Following the initial screening, CAPS' sessions are generally scheduled in person at the CAPS office, however, telemental health appointments are available as clinically appropriate using Tao Connect, our HIPAA-compliant secure video conferencing resource.
CAPS encourages Mercer Atlanta students to check out Tao Connect, an online behavioral health resource available to you at no cost: https://counseling.mercer.edu/atlanta/taoconnect/. Tao can be used as a self-care resource and/or integrated into sessions with a counselor. Tao and counseling go hand-in-hand, providing modules of selected content to help you build useful skills and perspectives, while using check-ins with a counselor to monitor progress and encourage further growth.
For students currently out-of-state:
In accordance with professional ethical guidelines and the laws and regulations pertaining to mental health practice in the state of Georgia, students residing or who have relocated out of state are not currently eligible for ongoing telemental health services from CAPS. However, we are happy to help students sort out concerns, provide continuity-of-care consultations, and help connect students with local resources.
Call (678) 547-6060 to learn more about services!
Hours of Operation:
Sheffield Student Center #215
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341