The International Student Mental Health Project is a collaboration between
University of Leeds
Leeds University Union
University of Nottingham
University of Nottingham Students' Union
SOAS Students' Union
with the aim of helping UK universities to better understand and support the mental health needs of international students studying in the UK. The project is part funded by the Office For Students as part of the Achieving a step change in mental health outcomes for all students Challenge Competition.
What we're doing
Moving to university can be a daunting experience for any student. But when the start of university also means moving to a new country, experiencing a new culture and potentially doing all this in a different language, it's easy to understand how an international students' mental health can be affected.
A lot of the narrative, support and focus so far in student mental health has been focussed around domestic students. There's been little attention and understanding of the hugely diverse range of wellbeing issues affecting international students.
Over the course of this project, we'll be working with university Support Services, mental wellbeing practitioners and students to really understand these issues and develop content co-created with international students to bring these points to life.
All of this research and understanding will be compiled into an online toolkit, to be used by the HE sector to provide better mental health support to the half a million international students that study in the UK each year.
Help support other international students
If you're a student at either the University of Leeds, the University of Nottingham or SOAS, and would like to share your experience and improve the mental health of future international students,
please get in touch below.