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Managing academic expectations, culture shock, language barriers and financial constraints amid concerns about viral safety are some of the intersecting stressors faced by international students. (Shutterstock)

5 ways international students can harness emotional intelligence to deal with COVID-19 stress

International students are a vulnerable population who have faced many stressors in the COVID-19 pandemic. Emotional intelligence can help navigate these.
For generations, queer people have demonstrated their adaptability to navigate life outside the status quo with supportive communities. (Shutterstock)

Pride Month and queer students: Why creatively drawing on virtual community during COVID-19 matters

Queer people have learned to build and rely on “chosen families.” Finding ways to creatively bolster and expand our networks of care takes on renewed importance in the pandemic.
A lone cyclist rides past the University of Toronto campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

For university students, COVID-19 stress creates perfect conditions for mental health crises

University students had high rates of mental health issues before the pandemic. The additional stressors of COVID-19 and social isolation will make them even more vulnerable over the winter.
COVID-19 has not influenced a change in some students’ partying behaviors. Here, two young people talk at a bar in Marseille, France, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

COVID-19 outbreaks at universities: Students need safe places to socialize, not partying bans

Both university and government policy-makers need to re-tool their messaging to students about off-campus socializing to shape more positive mental health and COVID-19 outcomes.
Many students’ lives have changed as they return to school, even those not directly affected by the fires. JAMES GOURLEY/AAP

A familiar place among the chaos: how schools can help students cope after the bushfires

Some students are grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones. Even those not directly affected by fires may be distressed by stories they’ve heard or images they’ve seen. How can schools help?
Mental disorders are treatable, but a key stumbling block towards positive campus responses in health care has been a lack of systematically collected data. (Shutterstock)

University student mental health care is at the tipping point

Mental health researchers based at Queen’s University in Canada and Oxford University in the U.K. are helping universities take the lead in developing improved student mental health care.
College students are seeking mental health treatment on campus at record levels. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Are you mentally well enough for college?

A campus psychologist explains why so many students ask him for help after they’ve failed courses.
Keeping sight of the reasons you’re in college helps stave off burnout. WAYHOME studio/Shutterstock.com

5 tips for college students to avoid burnout

Going to college can be a stressful experience that takes a toll on students’ health and well-being. A higher education specialist offers tips to keep the stress at bay.
Ellie, a four-year-old labradoodle, enjoys many pats from students as part of the Building Academic Retention through K9s program (B.A.R.K.) at the University of British Columbia. (Freya L. L. Green)

Dog therapy: What I’ve learned overseeing 60 canine campus teams

When students are given the option to stay with a dog until they feel their stress is sufficiently reduced, they visit on average 35 minutes.
Many graduate students report psychological distress, but the fear of stigma and other factors often dissuade them from seeking help. Dirima/www.shutterstock.com

What colleges must do to promote mental health for graduate students

Colleges and universities must do more to combat a “culture of silence” that dissuades many graduate students from seeking help with mental health issues, researchers argue.
Many students reported regularly going without necessities including food, medications, fuel and prescribed textbooks. Shutterstock

Balancing work and tertiary study is harder now than in 2012: study

The percent of students going without food or other necessities has risen since 2012, with students indicating work-study balance was impacting their daily lives, study success and mental health.

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