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"It's really a small
world. Students coming
from other countries
aren't as different from
American students as
they once were. There's
been a leveling effect,
and students worldwide
are showing some of
these same mental
health challenges."

CHELSEA VICTORIA

-GARY ROBINSON

students to decide whether they wish to
share that they are receiving counseling
or mental health treatment. Study abroad
students who choose to disclose their
mental health issues often discuss and
develop plans for ongoing support with
international office staff or counselors,
including understanding specific triggers
and planning out their responses, such as
arranging virtual sessions with campus
counseling staff or their own mental
health practitioners.
Such plans can also help to stave off
more drastic interventions once students
are abroad. For example, Woehr helped
a struggling student in Morocco create
a self-care contract, including weekly
counseling sessions and specific steps
he pledged to take when not feeling
safe, which helped avert an emergency
evacuation, she says.
Managing medication, in particular,
can be challenging for students with
existing mental health issues. Some

students may be so engrossed in exploring
a new environment that they may stop
taking their medication; others who take
certain prescription drugs, such as those
used to treat ADHD, may not be able
to do so in certain countries where the
medication is illegal.
Not all students who receive mental
health treatment choose to disclose
their condition, however. To address this
issue, staff members in the University
of Kentucky International Center send
the counseling center a roster of all
participating students so that counselors
can have conversations as they deem
appropriate. Counselors also focus on
what Hope calls "mindful preparation"-
encouraging study abroad students to
think through their needs, including
medication, and "giving students the
tools to advocate for themselves, along
with identifying ways to connect with the
counseling center" and other supports,
Hope adds.

While most study abroad health
insurance plans address mental health
issues, it is important to regularly review
policies and services, including those
offered by external assistance providers,
to make sure that students can easily
access resources abroad. Policies should
be assessed to ensure that they adequately
cover various emergency situations, such
as medical evacuation with a psychiatric
nurse in serious cases of potential
self-harm.

Proactive Programming
These kinds of mindful preparation
strategies can benefit students who are
acclimating to a new culture. As part of
the predeparture programming, colleges
and universities often share information
about self-care practices with outbound
students and encourage them to develop
their own strategies for dealing with
stressful situations. These discussions
often accompany-or, in some cases,
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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
Forum
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