Along with the stresses many college students face, international students often experience additional pressures such as:
- adjusting to a new culture,
- using a foreign language,
- learning new social interactions,
- feeling misunderstood,
- having limited local support.
International students often report depression as one of their primary concerns. Many cultures communicate that counseling is for people who are “weak”. International students may be reluctant to seek help, which increases their risk for suicide.
Suicide Risk Increases with experiences such as:
- Prejudice, inter-cultural conflict
- A new educational system, language barriers
- A recent loss (e.g., death or break-up)
- Homesickness and culture shock
- Fears about seeking help for depression or suicidal thoughts
See Suicide Prevention Brochure: For International College Students