International student resources for mental health

International student resources for mental health

Many Australians now place a high priority on their mental health, especially in the last two years. It may be difficult for international students to find appropriate resources for their mental health difficulties because of language barriers or a lack of expertise with government agencies.

Besides that, you might start by asking a friend for advice or looking into the student welfare services offered by your TAFE or institution. Also, if you need to take care of your mental health because you are having issues, the resources listed below may be useful.

Adopt a Multicultural Mental Health Approach

For multicultural Australians, Embrace is a specialized organization that provides mental health advice and support. They offer multilingual help through phone and on their website. 

Also, the website has been translated into a wide variety of languages for both general enquiries regarding mental health issues and specific inquiries about coronavirus mental health.

Center for Transcultural Mental Health

The TMHC is a facility in New South Wales that works with medical professionals from many specialties to provide mental health support, particularly to a variety of culturally diverse people who would otherwise find it challenging to access care.

For international students who need to receive assistance through various channels, the center's website has been updated with coronavirus support and other mental health resources.

Access to Health

The federal government's Department of Health launched the website Head to Health with the goal of providing all Australians—especially those with cultural differences—a choice of supportive services for their mental health.

Besides that, the website provides chat rooms, social media features, community forums, and newsletters that connect those in need with skilled help.

State Based Services

Every state and territory in Australia has its own mental health programs and websites, many of which are designed with people from different cultural backgrounds in mind, including NSW's free Mental Health Line. 

Also, each government or agency website contains a wealth of information that may be searched, including:

  • South Australia , Western Australia. 

  • Victoria 

  • New South Wales 

  • Queensland 

  • Northern Territory 

  • Tasmania 

  • ACT 

Contact Lifeline

If you think your life or the life of someone you know is in danger, dial 000 immediately.

Besides that, the leading suicide prevention group in Australia, Lifeline, which provides 24/7 crisis care, is also expanding its funding to ensure that it can appropriately support international students, especially those who face linguistic or cultural challenges.

For people who do not speak English, Lifeline has a new number — 13 11 14 — through which they can reach Lifeline via a free interpreting service. To use this service, call the number and ask to talk with Lifeline in the language of your choosing. You may also phone Lifeline directly at 131 450, and they will set up a call in the language of your choice.