Mental health and well-being are increasing concerns for educators. International students, an often overlooked population, sometimes struggle with intensified mental health issues due to the stresses of studying outside of their home country. Cultural shock and isolation may increase stresses on international students. In addition to language barriers and academic stress, cultural stigma associated with mental health may further hinder international students from addressing mental health challenges and seeking help.
At WCIE, we want to be a bridge builder to link students, academics, school administrators, psychologists, and local community leaders, to work together to provide support for international students’ well-being. Our programs are not designed to replace clinical or professional treatment for mental health. Instead, we connect people and organizations to raise awareness, provide training and assessments that enrich cross-cultural understanding, and help students and educators better understand and dialogue on well-being issues.
Ask us for information about the following:
- Study Abroad Readiness and Resilience Assessment for Perspective International Students
- International Student Mental Health Forum & Conference (see here for the program from our 2018 Conference)
- Webinar series (International Students and Mental Health, ACPA, 2019) http://www.myacpa.org/events/webinar-series-international-students-mental-health?fbclid=IwAR0p9S5t40jVJWk5hDeodyolQVX0LmgH6TZsicXIT5fPBJU1ptR4hxlIA9k
For information about custom programs tailored to your institution’s needs, contact us.