Studying in a different country can be an amazing and unique experience, however, it can also be daunting. Being away from home and having to adjust to a new school can be overwhelming, particularly if the culture and language is different to what you are used to.
However, to help you through your study abroad journey, all UCW Students have access to the keep.meSAFE program. This is the industry’s first and only digital mental health support program for international students with the goal of providing assistance for those having trouble settling into their new surroundings.
Having someone to talk to is very helpful whether that be about dealing with a new school, a new city or just about feeling overwhelmed with everything happening in your life. The Keep.meSAFE program is available 24/7, all year round and can be accessed on multiple different platforms. It is very useful for a student who is struggling and has a busy schedule. Students can reach out to an advisor or councillor through a range of platforms. Including through the app, messenger, the web chat on their website or via voice and video call.
Keep.meSAFE connects students to student support advisors who are experienced in helping both domestic and international students. Many councillors can talk to students in a variety of languages and have knowledge of different cultures to help better relate to your problems.
Sessions with Keep.meSAFE representatives can be booked in advance or can be done immediately at no cost to the student. All information and conversations shared with the counsellors are completely confidential.
Students also have access to the different articles and videos on the Keep.meSAFE website which cover different topics including personal health, relationships, living abroad and student life. The articles ranging from, “Supporting someone with anxiety” to “The psychological effects of being unfriended online”.
To learn more, visit www.keepmesafe.org, download the free My SSP app or phone 1.844.451.9700 toll free. Students can also approach UCW Student Services to learn more about the program.
Written by Rafael Ramirez