Building a toolkit for addressing international student mental health

The EAIE Academy course “Building a toolkit for addressing international student mental health” on 18–19 November will open later in the year. Led by experienced trainers Stephanie Griffiths and Frank Haber, the course will enhance your professional skill set for tackling students' mental health issues and developing a robust, adaptable support network within your educational organisation. This two-day course comprises eight modules with social breaks for networking nd network with a drink at The Social Hub Amsterdam City where the course will take place.

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International students bring many strengths with them on their international academic journey. At the same time, internationally mobile students are also generally at heightened risk of experiencing mental health problems due to multiple coinciding risk factors such as undiagnosed mental disorders, crisis originating at home, high family expectations, exposure to an unfamiliar classroom culture and, perceived discrimination. Educators and administrators often struggle to find satisfying answers to important questions when attempting to support these students. How can they identify and respond to affected students in a culturally sensitive and institutionally appropriate way? When should they involve others and where can they turn to if a crisis escalates? When and how should they confront a distressed student to prevent self and/or other harm? 

What you'll learn

This course will enable you to identify and safely respond to mental health concerns and crisis situations that may emerge during advising and teaching situations in person as well as remotely. You’ll learn to tackle the challenge of being a first responder; the policies, practices and ethics of working with vulnerable students across cultures; and how to collaborate with healthcare providers and other stakeholders on and beyond campus. By the end, you’ll have more clarity about your role and its boundaries and your professional toolkit for addressing students’ mental health concerns and building a strong and flexible support system at your institution.

The course will help you:  

  • Learn how to recognise signs of distress in international students and how to safely and proactively respond to them 
  • Gain practical tools such as mental health dos and don’ts, checklists and a variety of individual and community-based outreach methods 
  • Develop culturally-sensitive one-on-one counselling and crisis management competences on an applied level 
  • Establish a network for further exchange and collaboration 
  • Become a more capable and confident first responder  

How to get the most out of this course

This course provides excellent training for academic staff as well as staff and heads of department who have regular contact with international students or work within student service departments such as student housing, academic advising, international offices, student affairs, career counselling, etc.  

If you have any questions about this course, please check the Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Important dates

  • 18
    MODULE 1–4


  • 18
    Networking drinks


  • 19
    MODULE 5–8