Jackson College Oasis Center

Jackson College is here to support our students and employees in their personal mental health needs by providing a variety of free and confidential counseling services.

Services for Students

During a student’s college experience, one might encounter situations that impact their learning environment. When these situations occur, support from the Oasis Center is available to provide short-term assistance. If the situation requires ongoing support, the Oasis Center staff can provide that level of support or will assist the individual in securing an outside agency to provide it.

Meeting individually with a licensed mental health clinician in a confidential setting can help students:

  • find clarity for their thoughts and feelings which may be overwhelming at times,
  • increase their problem solving skills, and
  • assist with improving their coping strategies.

A clinician can even help with:

  • developing a plan for the future,
  • time management,
  • sleep schedules, and
  • building life skills that will increase overall successfulness.

The Oasis Navigator is available to assist with identifying any needs a student might have and then connecting them with appropriate community resources and supports. The Navigator provides an additional layer of support for students and acts as a student advocate.

The Oasis Team is available to help students with:

  • Stress management
  • Test anxiety
  • Homesickness
  • Life transitions
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Personal or social problems
  • Family challenges
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger
  • Self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-worth, etc.
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Trauma (i.e- car accident, medical, robbery, grief and loss, etc.)
  • Concerns regarding domestic violence or abuse
  • Sexual harassment or dating violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Conflict with roommates, classmates or others

Confidentiality

Oasis Center records are strictly confidential and cannot be given to anyone except as required by the law. Behavioral health files are managed by FSCA and not part of the Jackson College record system. If you have concerns or questions related to confidentiality, please contact the Oasis Center directly and a staff member can answer your questions.

Services for Employees

Everyone, at some point in life, faces problems. Juggling the demands of home and work life can be stressful. Often employees believe the problem or conflict will “blow over,” when in fact it lingers just below the surface, waiting to erupt. When faced with dilemmas, conflict or even what one might consider a small problem, talking to a trained professional is the best option, before the situation starts to impact relationships or job performance.

Does seeking support at the Oasis mean “everyone will know my business”? No. Support is confidential as both state and federal statutes prohibit disclosure of information about behavioral health services without written consent. Employee support is available at the Oasis Center and at Family Service and Children’s Aid main office, which is located in Downtown Jackson. The goal is for employees to be comfortable in seeking out support.

At the Oasis Center, the clinicians and staff are highly trained and experienced in helping employees and their families with a variety of concerns including:

  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Marital or relationship conflicts
  • Family conflicts
  • Adjusting to divorce
  • Aging parent caregiving
  • Financial stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Parenting concerns
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Work-related conflicts and issues

A $10 fee is due at the time of service for employees.

Confidentiality

Oasis Center records are strictly confidential and cannot be given to anyone except as required by the law. Behavioral health files are managed by FSCA and not part of the Jackson College record system. If you have concerns or questions related to confidentiality, please contact the Oasis Center directly and a staff member can answer your questions.

In-Person Hours: Fall 2021

Day Hours
Monday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Friday Closed*

*When the center is closed, support is available by calling Family Services and Children’s Aid at 517.787.7920 and an answering service will connect you with a clinician. 

After-Hours Support

If the Oasis Center is closed, please contact Family Service and Children’s Aid at 517.787.7920.  Our after-hours answering service will connect you to the on-call clinician to assist you.

Another option is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is always available. It provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, in addition to prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. We can all prevent suicide. 1.800.273.8255

Virtual Mental Health Assistance

Virtual Mental Health assistance is available for Jackson College students and employees. If it is during the Center’s open hours, call 517.990.1300 and a staff member will assist.

If you need assistance after hours, call Family Services and Children’s Aid at 517.787.7920. Simply state that you need to speak to the staff at the Oasis Center. You will then be transferred to one of the Oasis navigators who will screen for your particular needs.

Options available to you will include:

  • Phone support/therapy session; and or
  • Face to face consultation over the web

Contact the Oasis Center

Justin Whiting Hall, Room 110

2111 Emmons Road
Jackson, MI 49201
517.990.1300
After- Hours: 517.787.7920