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Mental health considerations for international students

Minutillo, S, Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850, Hills, AP ORCID: 0000-0002-7787-7201 and Visentin, D ORCID: 0000-0001-9961-4384 2020 , 'Mental health considerations for international students' , Issues in Mental Health Nursing, vol. 41, no. 6 , pp. 494-499 , doi: 10.1080/01612840.2020.1716123.

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Abstract

Collectively, universities and other tertiary education providers globally, attract significant numbersof international students each year. However, the extent and significance of the benefits derivedby the host society from this international mobility is often misunderstood, or at best, underestimated. International students commonly provide multiple benefits to the financial and culturalhealth of the host institution and country but the economic benefit (for the host) is typically theprimary consideration. A potential challenge or circuit-breaker for host institutions is the failure toacknowledge the particular differences between the needs of international students and theirdomestic counterparts. For some international students, the adjustment to studying offshore andexperiencing an array of academic and personal development possibilities not otherwise availableto them in their home country, may be overwhelming and contribute to unforeseen and unfortunate consequences for their mental health. All students in new settings, irrespective of background,require strong guidance, advice and support. However, the challenges of acculturation and adjustment to the stressors of academic study and everyday life in another country is accentuated formany international students rendering them a vulnerable student population. Irrespective of thenumber of international students in an educational setting, and given the steady growth in thenumber of students seeking educational opportunities overseas, there is an urgent need to ensurethat adequate resources are provided for the support of all international students across all aspectsof academic life. The importance of maximising the benefits and minimising the risks associatedwith international study for overseas students cannot be overstated. A quality experience for all,underpinned by an evidence-based and resourced safety net of support with specific training formental health professionals, should be considered a global industry standard.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Minutillo, S and Cleary, M and Hills, AP and Visentin, D
Keywords: mental health, international students, universities, stress, culture
Journal or Publication Title: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc.
ISSN: 0161-2840
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/01612840.2020.1716123
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