Linda Bett

Graduation Semester and Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Diane Snow


The International student population is steadily rising in various campuses across the United States (U.S). Mental health concerns such as mood, anxiety, adjustment disorders, relationship problems, and academic struggles are significant among this population (Mitchell, Greenwood, and Guglielmi, 2007; Yorgason, Linville, and Zitzman, 2008). Lack of knowledge, fear, stigma, poor support resources, unawareness of service availability, beliefs, culture, and mental health experiences have been voiced as reasons that impact help seeking attitudes. Early mental health interventions are therefore warranted; if mental health concerns are left unaddressed they could result in a decreased ability to function or more fatal consequences such as suicide. This pilot study was conducted using a descriptive study design over a 12-week period during the spring 2015 semester at the University of Texas Arlington, campus. The purpose of the study was to examine how international students perceived their support and access to mental health services. The study also inquired into the challenges that international students encountered in accessing mental health services on campuses and how colleges can mitigate such challenges. Findings: Knowledge deficiency on mental health and resources, perceptions and beliefs, mental health challenges, poor support, negative help seeking attitudes, and awareness are still of concern. Conclusion: Alternative mental health awareness strategies and ensuring appropriate supportive programs and resources that address international student's specific concerns need to be considered.


Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington

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Nursing Commons