Student Health and Counseling Center
Our mission is to provide high quality care for the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of students. All currently registered students, both undergraduate and graduate, commuters and campus residents, who pay student fees, are eligible to use the services of the Student Health & Counseling Center (SHCC).
We're available for you.
HEALTH SERVICES will continue in a limited manner to students at this time. You must call in advance for any services, as this is a rapidly evolving situation and in-person services may change: 262-595-2366
COUNSELING SERVICES are offered in-person or via telehealth. If you do not have access to a private space, we will provide a confidential, private location on campus. Please call the SHCC at 262-595-2366 to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment or sign-up directly with our Mantra partner at app.mantrahealth.com.
CRISIS CONSULTATIONS For mental health crises during regular hours, call for a crisis consultation: 262-595-2366
For after-hours crisis resources, call UW Mental Health Crisis Resources: 888-531-2142 or visit a list of after-hours options.
STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES will schedule phone or in-person appointments. Call 262-595-2372. Read more about Student Accessibility Services.
UW Parkside is excited to announce a partnership with Mantra Health to increase the availability of counseling resources to our students. Mantra counselors provide free short-term psychotherapy to enrolled students for whom telecounseling is appropriate. Clinicians will be making case-by-case determinations about the appropriateness of telecounseling during the initial appointment.
Students may self-refer for therapy services by clicking here. Students will need to be referred by a clinician for telepsychiatry. If you have any questions at all or have trouble logging in, you can always reach out to Mantra at email@example.com or call them at 800-464-2083.
The partnership also provides Crisis resources through UW Mental Health Support 24/7 @ 888-531-2142
Services are available to currently enrolled Parkside students. Schedule an initial appointment or request additional information by calling Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) at 262-595-2366.
The counseling center is available to provide phone crisis consultations during clinic hours. This service can be reached by calling our main number 262-595-2366.
For after-hours crisis assistance, please contact Parkside Police at 262-595-2911 or resources can be found here.
Telecounseling options are NOT appropriate for all persons or concerns. Counseling Center clinicians will be making case-by-case determinations about the appropriateness of telecounseling during the initial appointment.
For all new Parkside counseling clients, please make sure to login to MyChart 30 minutes prior to your scheduled Intake appointment time to complete the required forms. You will receive an email, at your official Parkside account, with detailed information after your appointment is scheduled.
Please monitor all official communications from Parkside for up-to-date information about cancellations, closures, or policy changes.
What we do.
- Provide high quality care for the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of students.
- Provide comprehensive and safe intervention to students with identified needs.
- Deliver preventive health education programs activities that will influence positive life style choices and support retention efforts.
- Foster collaborative work with the university and surrounding community.
- Encourage participation in community outreach activities that share the individual staff person's time and talent.
Login to MyCHART | Make and view your medical appointments, see your health history, get test results, and renew prescriptions online - any time! For counseling appointments, call (262) 595-2366.
Clients who do not cancel their appointment by 8 am the day of the appointment, or do not show up to their appointment, are charged a late cancellation/no show fee of $20 billed to your Solar account.
Not intended for messages requiring urgent attention. In the event of an emergency, dial 2911 on campus and 911 off campus.
Walk-ins – currently not available
Walk-in health services are available for sick visits, contraceptives refills, and immunizations. Call us at (262) 595-2366 or check Facebook and Twitter for times.
Note: Appointments are required for all counseling visits, physicals, and women's health yearly exams. Schedule a health appointment on MyChart.
The Student Health and Counseling Center offers a wide range of health services to address medical needs of current students. When acute medical or psychiatric care is needed, a referral will be made.
There is no charge for the office visit, however, there are minimal charges for medication or lab work or if you miss an appointment.
Free personal counseling and referrals are available to all students of the UW-Parkside community. All services are provided by licensed professionals and comply with federal confidentiality laws.
Individual and couples counseling is available to address concerns including, but not limited to:
- Academic concerns
- Relationships (partners, family, friends, etc.)
- Sexuality and gender Issues
- Suicidal thoughts/plans
- Eating problems/body image
- Alcohol and/or drug concerns
- Personal growth
- Sexual assault/abuse
The University of Wisconsin Parkside Student Health & Counseling Center along with campus administrators are committed to creating and implementing plans to keep the university safe and healthy during the world’s health crises. These plans include detailed instructions from the Kenosha Department of Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies providing guidelines on how to keep campus communities safe. As we enter the 2022-2023 school year, the student health and counseling center (SHCC) is monitoring the recent rise in Monkeypox cases which prompted the World Health Organization to issue a global health emergency statement.
Symptoms & Transmission
Monkeypox is a disease that causes fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. Transmission of Monkeypox is spread through several pathways including direct contact with infectious rashes, scabs or body fluids including respiratory secretions, touching items such as clothing or linens previously exposed to infectious rashes or body fluids, and intimate contact (sex, cuddling & kissing). Monkeypox can be acquired by all people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
How Can I Reduce the Risk of Contracting MonkeyPox?
We can take the following 3 steps to prevent getting Monkeypox:
- Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like Monkeypox.
- Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with Monkeypox.
- Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with Monkeypox.
- Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with Monkeypox has used.
- Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with Monkeypox.
- Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with Monkeypox.
- Wash your hands often.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.
What Happens If I Test Positive?
Persons infected with Monkeypox should isolate until all skin lesions have resolved, the scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed. The length of isolation will vary from patient to patient and may last 21 days (about 3 weeks) or more.
People infected with the virus often have a mild disease that does not require treatment. There are no Monkeypox-specific treatments, but antivirals, such as tecovirimat (TPOXX), which may be recommended for people who are more likely to get severely ill.
If a member of the Parkside community who lives off campus tests positive for Monkeypox, they should isolate in their home. If you live on campus, SHCC will work with you the housing and residence life staff to manage your isolation.
If you are at an increased risk of contracting Monkeypox, the JYNNEOS vaccine (also known as Imvamune or Imvanex) & ACAM200 is available for the following people:
Known close contacts who are identified by public health, and
People with certain risk factors who are more likely to have been recently exposed to Monkeypox, even if they have not had documented exposure to someone with confirmed Monkeypox.
JYNNEOS is the vaccine most commonly used for preventing Monkeypox infection in the United States. The JYNNEOS vaccine is a two-dose vaccine series. The two doses are administered four weeks apart for maximum effectiveness. Someone who receives the JYNNEOS vaccine is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose. The JYNNEOS vaccine does not cause smallpox, Monkeypox, or any other disease. Even after getting vaccinated, it is important to continue to take steps to protect yourself from getting sick with Monkeypox. Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact, including intimate contact, with someone who has Monkeypox.
Please be aware that there is currently a limited supply of JYNNEOS. Vaccination is prioritized for individuals at the highest risk of exposure to Monkeypox.
UW Parkside Monkeypox Update
This is an evolving situation that the Student Health & Counseling Center and UW Parkside administrators are continuing to monitor closely. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is also building capacity for testing, symptomatic treatment and vaccinations (limited availability).
For Parkside students seeking evaluation for suspected exposure to Monkeypox or infection, please contact (262) 595-2366 for triage and instruction.
For more information on the Monkeypox vaccine please visit the CDC’s Monkeypox website.
Urgent and Emergency Care
The University Police are the first responders in all campus emergency situations. For students who present at the SHCC, urgent care is provided on site as a priority. The University Police are contacted and they will call for emergency transportation/care by the Kenosha EMT at no charge to the student. The decision to call emergency transportation is made by the first responder, University Police. Students needing emergency care or treatment after hours and on weekends may contact the following:
University Police - (262) 595-2911 (24 hours a day)
Ambulance and Emergency Service
On campus: Dial 2911
Off campus: Dial 911
Aurora Medical Center
Emergency Room: (262) 948-7000
Froedtert Kenosha Hospital
Emergency Room: (262) 656-2011
Kenosha Crisis Center Hotline - Mental Health
(262) 657-7188 | (800) 338-7188
Froedtert Pleasant Prairie Hospital
Emergency Room: (262) 577-8000
Ascension All Saints Hospital
Emergency Room: (262) 687-4011
Racine Safe Haven Hotline - Mental Health
Using the Student Health & Counseling Center and having health insurance are both smart moves for students who want to avoid unnecessary financial, physical and emotional stress.
Domestic students are encouraged to purchase plans through private companies or the health insurance marketplace at www.healthcare.gov
Some students may still be covered by their parents’ insurance plan; if so, please have a copy of your insurance card with you. It is wise to check with the company to assure the coverage requirements.
Parkside participates in the UW System Campus Consortium Insurance plan and has a mandatory insurance plan for international students.
International students and scholars, international faculty, and visiting international high school students, holding non-immigrant visas are required to purchase this insurance plan.
You Have Options Program
The goal of the You Have Options Program (YHOP) is to create an environment where victims of sexual assault are in complete control of an investigation and feel comfortable enough to share whatever they are able with law enforcement without fear or pressure. Victims are given three options when reporting to a YHOP agency.
To read more about You Have Options Program (YHOP) or to file a report with
UW-Parkside Police Department visit:
Student Accessibility Services
The SHCC provides the same health and counseling services to all students regardless of their abilities.
An individual with a disability is anyone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially impairs or restrict one or more major life activities, such as performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, speaking, learning, and working. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Student Health and Counseling Center for support.
The staff works closely with the Student Accessibility Services office to coordinate services where appropriate for those in need. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the services offered to them under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Shewanna Brown Johnson
Senior Nurse Practitioner
Student Accessibility Services Specialist
Dr. Renee Sartin Kirby
Student Health, Counseling and Student Accessibility Services
- MON8 AM-4:30 PM
- TUE8 AM-4:30 PM
- WED8 AM-4:30 PM
- THU8 AM-4:30 PM
- FRI8 AM-4:30 PM
* Please note that email, phone and fax lines are not monitored on the weekends.*