Supporting Student Mental Health
Studying abroad is an exciting but sometimes stressful experience for students. Use these tips to support student mental well-being on your study abroad program.
Tips for Interaction with Students
- Focus on pre-departure community and relationship building.
- Be mindful of student privacy.
- Listen carefully.
- Demonstrate concern and interest.
- Avoid criticizing or sounding judgmental.
- Do not ask too many questions.
- Resist the urge to diagnose or label.
- Suggest a counselor as a resource for students in distress. GeoBlue and the Office of International Health and Safety (OIHS) can help identify local mental health resources.
- If you are worried about a student's mental well-being contact OIHS to discuss your concerns. If it is urgent, call the MSU 24/7 International Emergency Line at +1-517-353-3784.
Recognizing Students in Distress
- What it may look like: verbal acknowledgement of stress or behavioral indicators of stress.
- What you should do: allow agency, explore, support, problem solve.
- Remember: There are resources available to you and the student that may be beneficial.
- What it may look like: not attending class, not completing responsibilities, isolation, thoughts of suicide.
- What you should do: call the MSU 24/7 International Emergency Line. Together we'll focus on immediate solutions, assess, support, and problem solving.
- Remember: Stay calm and don't leave the student alone. In a crisis, ask simple and direct questions. If you are concerned a student may be a danger to themselves, seek emergency assistance.
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