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on well-being, supported through courses
and programming offered to all students.
"[Campuses] are looking at mental
health more holistically-how you stay
physically healthy and emotionally
healthy," says Barbara Lindeman,
director of student international health,
safety and security at the University
of Missouri-Columbia International
Center. "We're carrying that over into
the orientation and training we provide
to students before they go abroad."
The more holistic focus on wellness
has helped destigmatize mental health
issues, at least among U.S. students. "You
don't have to do any sales job when it
comes to self-care," Robinson says.
International staff have also focused
on breaking down silos between their
programs and campus counseling
services, which may often struggle to
address the intercultural dimensions of
mental health and acculturation issues
on their own. At the same time, many
counseling services are overwhelmed by
the sheer volume of students' needs.
"Five to 10 years ago, counseling
staff did not have the waiting lists they
have today," Robinson says. "Now they
have more staff, but more students."
An added challenge for community
colleges, says Woehr, is that many of
the smaller campuses and systems
typically don't have psychologists and
psychiatrists on staff.
However, none of the educators
interviewed for this article think that

Support for
Inbound Students
While cultural differences can
often make it more challenging
to explicitly discuss mental
health issues with incoming
international students, videos
and other orientation materials
can help to prepare students
for acclimating to campus
life. Among the information
to consider for online or
orientation programming:

"The biggest thing has been the
increased emphasis and awareness.
Mental health is being treated in
a more proactive way, and there's
a real hunger for more information
in the field." -JASON HOPE
the growing awareness of mental health
issues is keeping students from pursuing
international opportunities. In fact,
international education may actually be
more beneficial than in the past, according
to Robinson.
"International education is going
to be for this generation, even more
so than others, like a booster shot
for development," he says. "It's going

1 in
3
Students who have had at least
one mental health disorder.
Source: Association for University and
College Counseling Center Directors

* General information about
navigating the campus
(such as virtual tours) and
expectations of faculty;
* Examples of common
adjustment challenges for
international students, such
as communication style and
language anxiety, illustrated
with videos of international
students describing their
challenges and successes;
* Opportunities to initiate
direct one-to-one connections
with current international

to help with things their generation
isn't particularly good at-delayed
gratification, social skills, the ability to
handle ambiguity. International education
is going to help them answer the call. But
we need to go into it with our eyes open
and be intentional. If you don't, things can
take you by surprise."

Improvements to Planning
and Review
As their institutions increasingly take a
more holistic approach to mental health
issues, international offices must consider
how to address them across the entire
scope of their programming, for both
inbound and outbound students. Often,
strategies for improvement start in the
planning stages.
"You start looking at mental health
when you're planning programs," says

students, such as online pen
pal programs via Facebook or
Skype; and
* Introductions of
international and other
student support staff,
including counselors, with
descriptions of their roles
and the differences between
counselors, advisers, and
other international staff.
Throughout discussions of
the mental health services
available on campus and in

the community, it must be
reiterated that participation is
confidential, unless a serious
threat emerges, says Cheryl
Woehr, a counselor and
full-time faculty member at
Truckee Meadows Community
College. Students have the
right to disclose (or not
disclose) their personal
medical information as they
so choose. "A lot of students
come from countries where
they don't trust the system,"
she says.

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From the Desk of
In Brief
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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