Mental health problems faced by Chinese international students in Australia-What should we be concerned about?

What are the mental health challenges faced by Chinese students in Australia? What should we do to solve these problems?

Source: Image by Hannah Soong on The Conversation.

Story Topic & Angle

As the largest group of international students in Australia, Chinese students are faced with psychological pressure brought by culture, habits, study and life pressure, which even affects their personal mental health. During their stay in Australia, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, Chinese students not only face psychological pressure caused by personal loneliness, poverty, homesickness, lack of belonging and language barrier, but also have psychological issues caused by social discrimination, instability and tension between China and Australia.

Therefore, this feature takes the mental health problems of international students in Australia as the research topic, mainly focuses on the causes of the problems and the existing and feasible solutions, and calls on individuals and society to pay more attention to this problem.


  • Value & Impact

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Compared with the mental health problems of local students, the reasons for the mental health problems of Chinese international students may be different. In addition to personal reasons, this may also be related to changes in the living environment and differences in the social environment. Additionally, mental health issues are often overlooked, especially among Chinese students. There have been some horrific suicides. Therefore, this deserves more widespread attention. The media is a good medium to call the audience’s attention to this issue and examine themselves and those around them.

  • Timeliness

This topic has always existed. With the increasing number of Chinese students studying in Australia, this issue is also a hot topic of concern.

Publication would be the publisher I would consider publishing. I chose it not only because it is the number one and most visited news and media publisher website in Australia, but also because it has a rich category of news and the proper article length.

Target User Groups

The target user groups for this feature are mainly Chinese students in Australia, their parents, Australian university staff and psychologists.

Source Information

  • Human (Interviewees)
  • Students from the USYD, as well as students from other universities in Australia (e.g., the University of Melbourne and Monash University), mentioned in the interview questions about their parents’ concern and awareness of their mental health problems.
  • The Counsellor at the USYD who provides mental health assistance to students.
  • Interviewing professional mental health therapist Ash Rehn in Sydney for his thoughts.


Source: Screenshot from Sydney Health on YouTube.



Representative and engaging relevant videos and images as well as data statistics on Chinese students who have psychological problems.


Written reports, literature and evidence related to this issue, as well as school and society assistance. It will also consider the inadequacies and limitations of existing measures.


Summarising the content and ideas of the interviewees, and consider using the “affinity diagram” and “user insights” for classification comparisons to find clearer root problems and feasible solutions. Users may also consider posting their views via relevant hashtags on Twitter or Instagram.


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About Bohan Sun 4 Articles
Hi I am Bohan Sun from MECO6925. I am a master student of Digital Communication and Culture. I am very interested in News and online journalism. I am so glad to be here! Let's have fun!!

1 Comment

  1. Hello Bohan, I think this is an excellent proposal. Also, as an international student from China, your chosen topic is very newsworthy. Students’ mental health is often neglected in China due to the cultural differences between East and West. Your target media, audience, and interview objectives are apparent, and you are creating a very good story. However, I think the choice of images could use a little tweaking for online writing. The first image on the front page needs a higher resolution, while the second image doesn’t look perfect for the size of the page and could be considered for replacement. But your writing and the use of hyperlinks are very smooth. Anyway, I am looking forward to your final work!

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