International Students

Living Within the U.S. Resources

 

Lifespring Counseling: This Maryland counseling office is fortunate to have several therapists with experience in helping people navigate cultural transitions. The office has several providers who speak more than one language. 

Mental Health Issues Affecting International Students: This is an article on the factors that often contribute to mental health challenges faced by international students and touches on how to best address these needs. 

World Federation for Mental Health: WFMH is an international membership organization whose mission is to promote the advancement of mental health awareness, prevention of mental disorders, advocacy, and best practice recovery-focused interventions worldwide.

International Students Face Unique Mental Health Stresses (VIDEO): At the University of Missouri, Hexiang Dong, a Chinese international student who is recovering from her own depression experience, is trying to raise awareness of the mental health issues of people like her. 

Living Outside the U.S. Resources

It may be difficult to find mental health resources depending on your location and the perception of mental health in your community. The SCC has created a list of resources you can refer to in various countries that we hope you can find useful. UMB Students located outside of the U.S. may recieve counseling services through the BHS platform, to recieve counseling in your country, follow the link below.

Counseling for Students Living out of the U.S.

Find A Helpline: This website helps you to find resources that provide immediate crisis counseling, emotional support, and information in your country. Helplines are often available 24/7, so you can contact them at any time of the day or night. Helplines provide a judgment-free space for you to talk through difficult emotions and experiences, receive support, and connect to other resources that can help you.

Therapy Route: Therapy Route aims to help you find a therapist that you can speak to near your location. 

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress-An Illustrated Guide: A stress management guide created by the WHO for coping with adversity. The guide aims to equip people with practical skills to help them cope with stress. A few minutes each day are enough to practice the self-help techniques. The guide can be used alone or with the accompanying audio exercises. It is available in over 20 languages. 

United for Global Mental Health: UGMH outlines a vision for a world where mental health support is accessible to everyone, everywhere without stigma or restrictions. We use our expertise in advocacy, financing, and campaigning to advance this vision and focus on four areas of strategic impact – rights, education, systems, and finance – to deliver progress. 

Europe:

EUCOMS NetworkThe European Community-based Mental Health Service Providers (EUCOMS) Network wants to make a difference with and for people who experience severe and enduring mental ill health. The network does this through mutual learning and support between mental health service providers, service users, carers, and umbrella organizations that strive for the implementation of quality community mental health care. EUCOMS also acts as the linking pin between policy and practice and gives service providers a voice in the national and European policy arena.  

Mental Health Europe: MHE works closely with European Institutions and international bodies to mainstream mental health in all policies and end mental health stigma. Together with its members, MHE formulates recommendations for policymakers to develop mental health-friendly policies. MHE ensures the voice of people who have experienced mental ill health is heard across Europe. 

Zambia: 

PsycHealth Zambia: This is a private mental health service provider that provides psychological services, capacity building, and research for mental health to individuals, couples, groups, and organizations.

Serenity Wellness Center: This center is a non-profit mental health institution, a specialized provider of drug and alcohol prevention, treatment and recovery programs, psychological and psychotherapy services, corporate wellness programs (CWP), research, and training to individuals and groups. 

StrongMinds: StrongMinds is a program that provides services to treat depression among women and youth. Their work in Africa represents an unprecedented increase in access to mental health services for women and youth.

India: 

Peak Mind: Taking care of an ailing family member, dealing with someone's demise, or just being homebound and witnessing the current state of affairs can impact your mental health. But Peak Mind believes that making your emotions work for you rather than against you is key to successfully passing through the choppy waters. Schedule your first session with Peak Mind to talk to a mentor trained in your counseling topic. 

Vandrevala Foundation: This organization offers multi-lingual phone counseling around the clock. The sessions are free of cost and conducted by experienced clinical psychologists and psychiatrists. Their helpline also has arrangements with public services such as the police, ambulance, and hospitals for emergency situations.  

Therapize India: This organization offers multilingual counseling and clinical psychologists across the country to address a wide span of topics.  

Sneha: A suicide prevention organization based in Chennai, Sneha offers emotional support to anyone feeling distressed or suicidal. Run by a group of volunteers, the office is open from 8AM to 10PM every day, with a 24-hour helpline. The experts at the center also provide support through email.

Sumaitri: A crisis intervention center for people experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, Sumaitri offers telephone counseling conducted by trained volunteers, seven days a week, from 12:30 pm to 5 pm.