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Further shifting that equation is the
growing recognition that international
students face many of the same
challenges, argues Gary Robinson,
director of counseling services at
Hartwick College in New York, and a
licensed mental health coordinator.
"The mental health epidemic has gone
from primarily an American student
studying abroad scenario to international
students from around the world coming
here," says Robinson, who also is cofounder
of P3 Mental Health Advisors. "While
the increase in mental health symptoms
among college-aged students may be under
the microscope in Western countries, it
has become a worldwide phenomenon."
For international programs in
recent years, "the biggest thing has
been the increased emphasis and
awareness," says Jason Hope, director of
international health, safety, and security
at the University of Kentucky and
co-chair of NAFSA's Health and Safety

Subcommittee. "Mental health is being
treated in a more proactive way, and
there's a real hunger for more information
in the field."
Yet the international educators
interviewed for this article acknowledge
that on many campuses, more needs
to be done to evaluate programming,
train staff, and provide information to
both inbound and outbound students.
"International programs are looking at
mental health differently than they used
to," says Woehr, "but many need to do a
lot more to serve their students better."

An Ongoing Shift
To be sure, international educators have
always been aware that the very things
about international education that foster
emotional and intellectual growth can
also present challenges as students
strive to adjust to new cultures and
customs. Being pushed outside of their
comfort zone can cause some students

40%
Percentage of undergraduates on
U.S. college campuses who said they
"felt so depressed it was difficult to
function" at some point in the past year.
Source: American College Health
Association (ACHA)

to develop new mental health issues, or
it can exacerbate issues that are normally
under control at home. But as awareness
of mental health issues has increased,
international programs have become
much more intentional in aligning their
efforts with the growing numbers of
campus wellness initiatives.
In many places, self-care strategies
for addressing stress and anxiety and
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Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: Africa’s Education Evolution
Feature: Mental Health: At Home and Abroad
Feature: The Faces of International Education
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment Management
International Education Leadership
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