Global Engagement > Student Resources > Study Abroad > Health, Safety, & Travel > Mental Health Abroad
Maintaining strong mental health is the personal responsibility of each student. Mental health issues will not go away just because you are in another country. It is quite the opposite—the stress of adapting to a new country and culture can exacerbate existing conditions or trigger issues that seem to be under control.
If you share any pertinent mental health issues and areas of vulnerability with your study abroad advisor, we can help you research the resources that will or will not be available in a particular location or program. Prior to departure and throughout your program, we will continue to support you as you manage your health.
Learn about culture shock so that you can identify when you are experiencing it. While culture shock can sometimes be very difficult, it is important to distinguish between it and more serious symptoms. If you experience any of the following below, please tell your medical provider, onsite support staff, faculty director, a study abroad advisor or a friend so that we can help.
In a crisis situation, the best resources are those closest to you—local program staff or faculty director. In addition to that, CISI works with a 24/7 assistance provider named AXA and that number is on the back of your insurance card. CISI provides emergency mental health crisis intervention over the phone, if you need to speak with a mental health provider. You can also all the DePaul Study Abroad office 24 hours/7 days via Public Safety at (773) 325-7777 or during regular business hours at (312) 362-6962, and state that you have a "study abroad emergency."