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Human Resources
University of Mississippi

Work-Life Resources

The University of Mississippi knows that balancing work and life in a healthy way is critical, whether you are a student or an employee.

Counseling and Mental Health

Students can access counseling services by calling (662) 915-3784.

Employees can access on-campus counseling  by contacting University Counseling at 662-915-3784 for an appointment.

In addition, the university’s partner, Deer Oaks EAP, provides anytime-anywhere mental health resources such as counseling, coaching, and wellness resources to all benefit-eligible employees and members of their households. Learn more at or by calling (888) 933-7650 or visiting Deer Oaks EAP’s website. Access counseling via telephone, video telehealth, or get a referral to an in-town therapist. Find financial and legal help, create a will, browse articles and on-demand seminars on a range of topics that support personal and professional strength. If you’re not sure which service is right for you, begin by calling 888-933-7650 to talk your situation through with the counselor who answers; they’ll be able to direct you to the service and modality that feels right to you.

Find out more information about the services offered through our Employee Assistance program (EAP), available to all benefit-eligible employees and their household members, at


While achieving work-life balance can be challenging for anyone, it can be particularly hard when you’re managing more lives than just your own! We are working to add new childcare options on campus, unify and promote our lactation spaces, establish affinity groups around parenting and caregiving, and develop resources for student parents.

We’re learning that we have more student parents on our campuses than we realized. If you are a parent who is also a student, or if you are a faculty or staff member who works with student parents, please check out the resources at

Community and Campus Information

The UM Career-Life Connector Initiative helps prospective and new employees with general questions about campus and the larger community. Career-Life Consultants can provide job candidates information about school districts, housing information, faith communities and other community sectors that support quality of life. In addition, Career-Life Consultants are there to support staff members as they navigate the university system and its policies and practices. Find more information here.

In addition, Deer Oaks EAP can help employees by researching work-life resources in our area. Perhaps you need to know what assisted living community has space for your aging parent, or the contact information for plumbers who can come after work hours, or a list of available two-bedroom apartments that meet your rent requirements — call 1-888-933-7650 and put their research team to work.

Networks of Support

Consider joining an employee resource group at UM. ERGs provide information and support to people coming together around a certain identity (like Women of Color, Hispanic Faculty and Staff, or Employees with a Disability or Chronic Illness) or a certain role (Caregivers, for example, or Parents). Find out more at


The Work-Life Resources Program Manager, Lynn Wilkins, is available to support employees with child care questions, connect employees to emergency assistance resources in the community, answer questions relating to our EAP services, and work with employees on other work-life issues.

Red, Blue & Well is the university’s wellness program for employees. Sign up to receive notices about UM events and policies that promote wellness in the workplace, become a Wellness Champion in your department or unit by emailing, or review policies that impact employee wellness, breaks, leave, and more.