Understanding Student Mental Health Inequalities: International Student
Since we started as a charity, Student Minds has had a mission to transform the state of student mental health. Core to that mission is a conviction that we cannot achieve our goals without truly understanding the diverse needs of students and working to address the health inequalities they face. We know that some demographics of students face additional challenges that impact their university life. Taking an intersectional approach to supporting student mental health means recognising the diversity of the student community and acknowledging the barriers and risk factors the international student community faces.
In our report on international student mental health, we share the learnings and insights from the work we’ve been doing over the past five years around international student mental health. This includes working with a student consultancy group to research the factors that contribute to international students’ mental health; working with an international student panel to understand their university experiences; exploring existing academic literature; consulting with sector leaders and experts; and sharing demographic-specific data from surveys we’ve conducted in partnership with Alterline.
Throughout the report we explore the following themes:
We have identified ten recommendations for the sector, which we’ve set out on page 39.