Advocacy

Students

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International Student and Scholar Services is committed to providing counseling and referral services for international students, scholars and their families for any stress related or mental health issues including domestic and family difficulties which may arise.  ISSS may be contacted at 612-626-7100 for confidential consultations pertaining to any mental health or stress related issue. ISSS will make the appropriate referrals, accompany you to the appointment (if needed) and provide follow-up. They will also help you examine whether there will be in any potential consequences for your your immigration status.

It is not uncommon for stress and other mental health concerns to interfere with your academic goals. If you feel that you are having academic difficulties due to mental health concerns, please talk to an ISSS counselor to explore what kinds of assistance are available. There are often steps that can be taken to help address these difficulties or give you more time to complete studies.

Families, Partners, Parents, Friends, and Colleagues of International Student and Scholars

If a friend, colleague, partner or family member of a student or scholar has concerns about the well being of that person, they should visit ISSS and speak with an adviser or counselor.   This is very important since the mental health of a student may have effects on immigration status because it may impair making successful progress towards academic goals.  Sometimes the person who is having the difficulties is unwilling or unable to ask for assistance, so it is important that you help. ISSS will work with you to assist the person who is having difficulties. Please contact ISSS for more specific information.