Tigers Care is a campus wide effort to enhance, promote, and sustain a culture of caring and support at RIT.

Our Mission

Tigers Care is about reaching out to those who are facing challenges and directing them to helpful resources on campus. It's also about bringing people together through various programs and activities, to foster greater understanding and support. Tigers Care is about being part of a caring community.

Housed in the Division of Student Affairs, the Tigers Care Steering Team is made up of students, faculty, and staff across RIT who collaborate to support our campus culture of caring.

If you need help, just ask.

Contact Public Safety at 585-475-3333 or via text at 585-205-8333,
Contact the National Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, or
Contact the 24/7 crisis/suicide hotline, Life Line
by calling 2-1-1 (or 1-877-356-9211) or by visiting 211lifeline.org

Life Line offers assistance and referrals for emergency food, shelter, clothing, crisis counseling, substance abuse issues, employment, financial and legal issues, physical and mental health needs and more.

receive help

if you are worried about yourself...


If you are about to harm yourself, or have already done so, immediately call 911 or Public Safety at 585-475-3333.

get support

Depression thrives on isolation. Asking for help when appropriate, is an important life skill, and critical when depression is beating you down. Talk to a friend, family member, visit one of the RIT resouces, or call one of the all-hours phone lines.

thinking about suicide

Make a deal with yourself that you will not act just yet. Tell someone else how you are feeling, or find someone to be with you.

Call one of the all-hours phone lines.

give help

if you are worried about someone be sure to...


Share concerns with the student one-on-one and be warm and open: ask questions and don't assume.

Say what you have observered without judgement, and respect their physical and emotional boundaries.

Offer to walk them to the Counseling Center and share the resources list with them.


Make sure that students know that you cannot keep information confidential. If students share that they are thinking about harming themselves or others — of it you are just not sure if they are safe, then you need to involve professional staff at RIT. Depending on the situation, this could be — but is not limited to — Public Safety, SBCT, Counseling and Psychological Services, Residence Life staff.

know your limits

There are times when caring for another person's needs can become disruptive to your own well-being. Remind yourself that you cannot take responsibility for keeping another person safe or making them happy. Make sure you get support for yourself and alert others to your concerns (see our resources list).

If you believe there may be imminent danger
or harm to a student or someone else

Call 911 or contact Public Safety Emergency at
Phone: 585-475-3333 | Text: 585-205-8333 | AOL: RITPublicSafety

Life Line
Phone: 2-1-1 or 1-877-356-9211


Express your concerns to the Student Behavior Consultation Team
Student Behavioral Consultation Team

know the signs

when to know it's time to get help...

When any of the following affect a person's ability to function on a daily basis — that is going to class, getting assisgnments done, performing job functions, engaging socially as they normal do, sleeping, eating, managing normal daily stresses, etc... it is important for the person to get help and support as early as possible to address and contain the issues.

See the resource list for help, support, and referrals.


  • Depressed or apathetic mood
  • Uncharacteristic hyperactivity
  • Increased or excessive alcohol or drug use
  • Sleeping problems (either too much or too little)
  • Changes in appetite, eating patterns, preoccupation or obsession with eating, excercising, caloric intake, skipping meals
  • Poor concentration or motivation
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Uncharacteristic social withdrawal
  • Rambling or incoherent speech
  • Drastic or bizarre changes in behavior, personality, or routine


Student Behavior Consultation Team


Counseling and Psychological Services

After Business Hours, Weekends, and Holidays - 855-436-1245

NTID Counseling and Academic Services


Public Safety

Emergency: 585-475-3333; Text: 585-205-8333

Center for Residence Life


Center for Women and Gender


Student Health Center


Academic Success Center


Spirituality and Religious Life


The Ombuds Office

585-475-7200 or 585-475-2876

Case Management

2nd Floor August Center