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Looking after your mental health

StudyNT are focused on ensuring a happy, enjoyable and safe experience for all international student studying in the Northern Territory, and that includes their mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are common among students, and research has shown that international students are particularly vulnerable. International students face additional stressors to domestic students, including social and language barriers, adjusting to a new culture, balancing work and financial issues and being away from friends and family.

It is completely understandable to experience adjustment issues as you settle into life in Australia and sharing your feelings and seeking help is strongly encouraged.

If you feel like you need to talk to somebody or you know someone struggling with their mental health, please seek help. Below are support services for mental health treatment available to international students:

Lifeline

Call 13 11 14 to access 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. To find out more go to the Lifeline website.

Beyondblue

Call 1300 22 4636 to get 24 hour support for mental health issues including anxiety, depression and suicide. You can also get support through web chat, email and an online forum on the Beyond Blue website.

Kids Helpline

Call 1800 551 800 if you would like to talk about feelings you have about your studies and personal relationships. This service is targeted at people aged between five and 25 years. To find out more go to the Kids Helpline website.

You can also seek support through your education and training provider. Some require appointments, so make sure you visit their website or give them a call if you are unsure.