University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

Emergency Plan for Nelson Poynter Memorial Library

Quick Tips


The SOCAT web page offers the following tips for helping Students of Concern

Tips for Supporting and Encouraging Students:

  • Request to see the student in private (as long as there is not a concern for safety).
  • Listen carefully to what the student is troubled about and try to see the issue from their point of view without agreeing or disagreeing.
  • Help the student identify options for action and explore possible consequences. If possible, offer to phone or accompany the student to the appropriate resources.
  • Avoid labeling the student’s behavior or the issues presented.
  • Inform the student about what can be gained by meeting with a counselor or other professional to talk about their problems.
  • Be open about the limits on your ability to help the student.
  • If the student appears to be in imminent danger of hurting themselves or others, call the USF St. Petersburg Campus Police at 873-4444 immediately. Afterwards, complete the Student of Concern Referral Form HERE to alert the SOCAT Case Manager of the issue for follow-up.
  • Do not promise to keep threats to self or others a secret.

Adopted from the SOCAT web page :

Contacts / Phone Numbers

University Resources

Wellness Center offers help and counseling after hours and on weekends. Contact information is included in the voice mail message) 727-873-4422
University Police 727-873-4444
Emergency Dean Program (5:00 P.M. to 8:30 A.M.+ Weekends 727-420-3570
Student in Crisis Action Team (SOCAT)
Case Manager

Other Resources


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255)

SOCAT Powerpoint Presentaiton