We need to improve strategies to encourage international students to seek support for mental health, Coroner Audrey Jamieson recommended this week, after the inquest into the death of an international student in 2016.

The Coroner’s investigation quoted research that found fewer international students seek mental health support in the weeks prior to their suicide, compared to Australian students. In the majority of cases family and friends had expressed concern for their loved one.

Mental illness is experienced by almost half of the Australian population at some point in their lifetime, with similar statistics for International Students.

Talking to a friend, seeing a doctor or accessing online or phone counselling are great first steps towards feeling better.

CEH will continue to advocate for services to respond to the physical, mental and sexual health needs of international students who contribute to the vibrancy, diversity and economy of the state of Victoria.

Readers seeking support can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14; or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.