Mental Health Off Campus Support

While Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers brief, individual, and group therapy to USF students, there are situations in which a student’s needs will be best met by mental health services in the community. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Students who would benefit from long-term therapy
  • Students seeking regular, weekly counseling appointments
  • Students seeking psychiatric care and medication management (USF does not have a psychiatrist on staff)
  • Students who require the care of a specialist (eating disorders, complex trauma, substance abuse, and psychosis)
  • Students seeking an evaluation

The Office of the Dean of Students, through Case Management, is available to support students who are seeking off campus services.


Please let us know how we can support you.

There are several things that incoming students should consider prior to arriving at USF to ensure as smooth a transition to college as possible.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers crisis appointments and resources for students in crisis. CAPS is open 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday. They can be contacted by phone at 415-422-6352. After hours consultation is also available (5:00pm-8:30am, weekends and holidays) for all registered students at this number--press 2 to access this service.

Students in crisis may also contact Public Safety for assistance by calling (415) 422-2911 or extension 2911 from any on-campus phone, or go to the nearest emergency room (closet to campus is St. Mary's Medical Center).

Students with mental health needs may be eligible for, and benefit from, accommodations on campus. These accommodations are managed by Students Disability Services (SDS), which "promotes a fully integrated University experience for students with disabilities by ensuring that students have equal access to all areas of student life and receive appropriate educational support and services to foster their academic and personal success."