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What is the International Student Mental Health Project?

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

What are you trying to do?

Discover what works in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of international students at universities across the UK.

The International Student Mental Health project sets out to establish what works effectively for our international students in supporting positive mental health and wellbeing during their university studies in the UK.

We seek to establish this through genuine sector engagement, student co-creation being at the core of our project and nurturing innovative practice.

We're going to bring this together into a set of guidance for UK higher education institutions to use as a practical toolkit to learn and adopt best practice in the sectors.

We've been funded as part of the Office for Students Mental Health Challenge Competition since June and will publish our digital toolkit by December 2021.

We want as many stakeholders to get involved as possible! Please read further to learn how or get in touch!

How will the project achieve this?

  1. Student-led Initiatives Fund: Establish a fund that will support student-led work, including establishing peer-to-peer support networks.

  2. Discovery Visits: To visit a diverse range of universities and students' unions to discover the best support available for international students.

  3. Establish an Expert Advisory Group: To gain and share the knowledge and experiences of students, academics and professionals.

  4. Recruiting Project Specialists: To hire mental health specialists to ensure opportunities to trial practice within the project.

Get Involved!


  • Expand your network! Joining the project will allow you to connect with sector-wide experts.

  • Hear about how other universities and students unions are supporting international students.

  • Learn from a range of curated articles, posts and reports published in a single location.

  • Promote your activity and events to a group dedicated to international student mental health.


  1. We need you! Join our online Expert Advisory Group!

  2. Tell us about events and activities that support international students!

  3. Tell everyone about the project! We want people to know about us!

Working in Partnership

The project is nation-wide and we're making a real effort to engage with everyone interested in international student mental health, including universities, mental health services, students unions, sector bodies, charities and organisations such a private student accommodation.

The project is led by the University of Nottingham, in partnership with the University of Nottingham Students' Union, University of Leeds, Leeds University Union, SOAS, SOAS Students' Union, Student Minds and Campuslife Ltd.

Funded as part of the Office for Students Mental Health Challenge Competition.


Photo Credits

Header Photo by Anthony Tran on U

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