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Student Mental Health - How We Can Help

Statistics suggest that 1 in 4 students suffer from mental health problems.1
Factors that might affect a student’s mental health are numerous but include pressure to succeed, loneliness, stress, substance misuse, and unhealthy lifestyle – late nights, poor diet, etc.
International students can be especially vulnerable. On top of the usual stresses of life, they also face culture shock, a different style of education, and trying to relate and express themselves in a second (or third!) language. Every day tasks are just that bit more difficult and stressful especially when they have only recently arrived in the UK.

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Manchester and Edinburgh Summer Teams - Report

Manchester International Outreach (MIO)

We had a great MIO team of 25 including 5 from the USA, 1 from Japan and 1 from the Netherlands. The commissioning service at Holy Trinity Platt was very inspiring and motivating. The team gelled well and worked hard as they learnt from seminars each morning, invited students in the afternoons and ran the café each evening.
During the first week café numbers were quite low but we had about 45 guests for the BBQ and over 50 for the ‘Food, Science and Faith’ dinner and talk on the Friday. There were similar numbers for the second week including the dinner and gospel talk on the Friday.

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European Students in a Brexit World - by Sofia Demler


“Europe is very different from Britain. For instance, their windows open inwards rather than outwards, and it is almost impossible to buy Monster Munch in Bulgaria.No wonder we could not get along.”

I found this quote while strolling through a bookshop in Cambridge. There is some truth in it. Even neighbouring European countries are surprisingly different. Though we consider each other as Westerners, and even more, as young Europeans who have a sense of being a European first before anything else, we do currently face challenges. It is not only Brexit; there seems to be something changing in Europe, but it hasn’t yet been decided which direction will prevail – separation or stronger connection. For now, many Europeans are still using their chance to study or work abroad. They come to Britain, to study the language or to make use of the great educational system, with some hoping to stay for good and start a successful career1.

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TRUE Leadership 2019 - Report

Our fifth annual TRUE Leadership retreat took place in the heart of the Peak District on 7-10th June 2019. The core team were joined by 26 students and coaches from 13 nations for a programme of leadership teaching, teamwork and coaching.
Investing in international students is a great way to show that we value them. Teaching leadership also opens up opportunities for conversation with them about issues that matter.

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