SOS Public Health: Mental Health Access Initiative on Incheon Global Campus

About Mental Health on International Campuses

Studying or working on an international university campus may be rewarding and also stressful. For example, many challenges may exist when adjusting to campus life: a new culture, and language differences while discovering how to access campus resources. Experiences such as these may stir positive and negative emotions such as excitement, joy, nervousness, and fear.

Such conflicting emotional experiences may impact the mental health of some students, faculty, and staff at international universities. When such experiences impact mental health in a negative direction, some students, faculty, and staff may find it unsustainable to study or work on international campuses over time. In short, the mental health of students, faculty, and staff needs to be well supported in order to foster a healthy learning environment.

Incheon Global Campus in Songdo, South Korea

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What is Mental Health?

Mental health includes a person’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health challenges affect how we think, act, and feel. For example, mental health stress can affect sleep habits, affecting how one does in school, social life, and physical health.

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Why is Mental Health Access Important on Campus?

Access to mental health resources may significantly affect academic performance. Additionally, among university populations, delayed access to mental health resources has an association with substance use, academic achievement, employment, and other social factors.

Why is Access to Mental Health Resources Important?

Mental health resources are tools that individuals and communities can use to manage mental health challenges. Resources for mental health may have great significance in improving lives in individuals and communities.

Why Research How Mental Health Resources are Accessed?

It is vital to understand what may prevent individuals from accessing mental health resources. For instance, a Social Solutions blog on Mental Healthcare Access shares the following reasons:

  • Financial barriers
  • Lack of professionals
  • Education and awareness
  • Social stigma

Understanding what prevents access to mental health resources can open doors to improving access to those resources. Similarly, as access to mental healthcare increases, communities and individuals can learn about the importance of those resources and how to access them. The Mental Healthcare Access Social Solutions blog discusses that access to mental health resources can reduce:

  • Risk of suicide
  • Family conflict
  • Substance abuse
  • Physical health problems

SOS Public Health’s Research on Mental Health Access at Incheon Global Campus

Understanding the difficulty of navigating mental health in an international setting, South of Seoul Public Health (SOS Public Health) created an initiative through their practicum program to research access to mental health resources at Incheon Global Campus (IGC). University of Utah Public Health Practicum student, Colton Johnson will lead this initiative.

SOS Public Health Mental Health Access Survey for Incheon Global Campus

Mr. Johnson has developed a survey to assess access to mental health resources both on and off-campus among students, staff, and faculty at IGC.

Students, faculty, and staff at all IGC universities will be asked to participate in this survey which will be implemented via email, social media, and group chats. The survey will be open from Monday, April 11, 2022, to Friday, April 15, 2022.

How will Mental Health Access Research Help the Incheon Global Campus Community?

Data from this research will provide information on:

  1. Resources that the IGC community currently accesses
  2. Resources that the IGC community is unaware of
UAC Community participating in the 2021 Fall Mental Health Week Events

Understanding gaps in knowledge among the IGC community on mental health resources will allow SOS Public Health to compile a list of possible resources available on and off campus to university students, faculty, and staff. These resources will be shared on the South of Seoul Blog, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

Additionally, the research may inform how South of Seoul compiles information for international students across South Korea.

Where Can the Community go to Stay Updated on the Research?

Follow the research by checking out SOS Public Health on Facebook and Instagram. The SOS Public Health team posts information regarding research initiatives and other important public health topics on our blog and social media accounts.

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