I would like to write a news feature about the international students, who have an anxiety disorder and depression, about the dilemma during the period of COVID-19.
This piece with start with my own experience, about how I suffer anxiety disorder and depression, and what problems do I meet as an overseas student in Australia under quarantine. For example, If go to the hospital means the potential risk of getting the coronavirus, what could we do if we need psychological counselling? Also, patients who have mental health problem need to walk out and socialize with others, while what could we do when we have to lockdown?
Why is this topic timely?
The experience and feeling of the international students in Australia are neglecting when Coronavirus becoming the central issue. There were 27 international students suicided in 2019 in Victoria, which indicates the international students hardly to seek assistance compared with Australia peers (Ryan, 2019).
Time difference leads to these international students to be alienated from old friends. It is also hard for them to make new friends and communicate with others because of the language barriers. When all the courses moving to online, they are isolated. At the same time, the express delivery is also impacted. Although some students have booked the flight preparing back home, ome voice argues that international students should not get back, because they may bring COVID-19. In this situation, how do international students access to the medicine they need and take care of themselves under quarantine should be considered seriously.
This news feature is imagined to the Junkee, which including news and commentary. The Junkee mainly targets the youth in Australia, covering a broad range of topics (Junkee, n.d.). The readers of Junkee could also be a suitable audience of my piece, such as the youth in Australia, especially the international students. Also, I find mental health is an essential topic of Junkee, some similar news could provide tags and links jumping to my piece.
According to the research, about 792 million people have mental health disorder, which is slightly about 10.7% of the people globally (Ritchie & Roser, 2018). Here is a map from their research showing the distribution of this data more visually. Besides, The news on Junkee only talks broadly, there is no international students perspective, this piece would fill the gap and promote visibility.
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Structure and Sources?
I will start with a brief sharing of my own experience to attract the audience, also I will try to interview my psychologist, and other students with mental health problem if they agree to be interviewed, this would be anonymous to protect interviewees. The angle of international students perspectivewould be given at the introduction. As for the body paragraphs, I would use multimedia and links to separate that into three parts.
- How they impacted by COVID-19?
- Why the international students need help?
- What could they do during the COVID-19?
To avoid this piece would impact their emotion, I will add relevant links such as mental health assistance tips video, OSHC insurance website , facebook and twitter hashtag link and online psychological counselling at the end of news features to help the readers and improve the interactivity.