Forbes-Mewett added that limited understanding of how the Australian healthcare system works and fears their mental health record will affect their visa status may prevent international students from getting help.
Current low cost counselling services are excellent, but are stretched because of the high demand from Australian students. For example, Headspace 2019 survey revealed that it can take an average of 25.5 days before being able to see a counsellor for the first time.
Tugce’s personal experience highlights the lack of clear information on mental health support. She found that most free resources were designed for crisis intervention, and affordable long term psychological support was just not available.
She was in a state of disbelief at the lack of mental health support for international students.