International Students and Mental Health


  • Helen Forbes-Mewett Monash University, Australia
  • Anne-Maree Sawyer La Trobe University, Australia



international students, youth, mental health, healthcare, integration and adjustment, higher education


Since the early 2000s, reports of increased rates of mental ill health among young people worldwide have received much attention. Several studies indicate a greater incidence of mental health problems among tertiary students, compared with the general population, and higher levels of anxiety, in particular, among international students compared with domestic students. Australia is host to many thousands of international students of an age when mental illnesses are most likely to surface. However, this issue has received little attention from Australian researchers. This article reports on in-depth interviews with 16 professionals working with international students at an internationalized university.

Author Biographies

Helen Forbes-Mewett, Monash University, Australia

HELEN FORBES-MEWETT, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Sociology. Her research interests include cultural diversity, higher education and human security. 

Anne-Maree Sawyer, La Trobe University, Australia

ANNE-MAREE SAWYER, PhD, is Lecturer in Sociology. Her research interests include mental health policy and practice, narrative methodologies, and emotions.




How to Cite

Forbes-Mewett, H., & Sawyer, A.-M. (2016). International Students and Mental Health. Journal of International Students, 6(3), 661–677.



Research Articles (English)