Are you an international student interested in mental health services and resources? You're in the right place to learn more about mental health counseling, UCS services, and other mental health resources on campus or around the world.
If You’re Currently Located Outside of the U.S
Unfortunately, due to limitations in our professional licenses, UCS clinicians are unable to provide clinical services to students when they are physically located outside of the state of Iowa and the United States, even if they are enrolled in online classes.
Students are welcome to attend any of our virtual programming regardless of where they are located. Follow this link to see a current list of programming.
We are attempting to compile information that may be useful to students located in other countries who are seeking mental health support. This is not a comprehensive list, and we will continue to update as we become aware of additional resources.
- International Therapist Directory
- (Please note that mental health resources vary greatly from country to country. UCS did not create, and does not maintain, this website, and cannot guarantee all resources remain consistently updated. Please also note that not all countries and locations are represented in this directory.)
- International suicide hotlines/emergency phone numbers and online crisis chats: https://www.suicidestop.com/call_a_hotline.html
- (Please note that mental health and emergency resources vary greatly from country to country. UCS did not create, and does not maintain, this website, and cannot guarantee all resources remain consistently updated.)
- Detailed Guide to Find a Qualified Counselor in China (in Chinese)
- For students in South Korea:
- Suicide Prevention Hotline (24 hours): 1393
- Mental Health Crisis Hotline (24 hours): 1577-0199
- Life line (24 hours): 1588-9191 / www.lifeline.or.kr
- JoongAng(central) Suicide Prevention Center: 82-2-2203-0053 / spckorea.or.kr
- Seoul Suicide Prevention Center: 82-2-3458-1000 / suicide.or.kr
- Gyeonggi-do Suicide Prevention Center: 82-31-212-0437 / mindsave.org
- Gangwon-Do Suicide Prevention Center: 82-33-251-1970 / gwmh.or.kr
- Gwangju Suicide Prevention Center: 82-62-600-1930 / gmhc.kr
- Incheon Suicide Prevention Center: 82-32-468-9911 / imhc.or.kr:6032
- Daegu Suicide Prevention Center: 82-53-256-0199 / dgmhc.or.kr
- Busan Suicide Prevention Center: 82-51-242-2575 / suicide.busaninmaum.com
- Support Center for a family who has lost their family member to suicide: Korea Psychological Autopsy center; 82-2-555-1095 / psyauto.or.kr / warmdays.co.kr
- For students in Nigeria:
- Global community of Mental Health Innovators: https://www.mhinnovation.net/resources
- Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI): https://www.mhinnovation.net/collaborations
- Asido Foundation: The Birth of a Mental Health Advocacy Organization in Nigeria https://iacapap.org/asido-foundation-the-birth-of-an-innovative-non-profit-mental-health-advocacy-organization-in-nigeria/
These resources are NOT comprehensive. If you’d like to share mental health resources that you know from other countries, please click here and we’ll update the resources on the webpage.
Coping through COVID as International Students
Following this link (https://mentalhealth.uiowa.edu/recovery/the-international-community/ ) for information about the impact of the pandemic, resources for international students to navigate visa issues related to COVID, and tips for supporting the international community’s mental wellbeing.
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