- Students with a history of mental health difficulties, alcohol and/or drug problems, or an eating disorder may find that the stress of adjusting to a new culture exacerbates their condition. It is therefore important for students to disclose their condition(s) to their study abroad program, and to Whitman Off-Campus Studies so that Whitman and the program can provide adequate and informed support if any issues arise.
- Students who are under the care of a mental health counselor should discuss plans to study abroad with their medical provider, to determine if study abroad is advisable and, if so, what support may be needed while away. The Student should also inform Off-Campus Studies (as well as their OCS program) about what services they may need while off campus so that Whitman can confirm what types of student resources will be available abroad.
Whitman College purchases MySSP (Student Support Program) for all OCS students. MySSP offers mental health counseling support 24/7 via phone and chat specifically for students abroad. Accessing this service is free of charge to all OCS Whitman students at https://www.inext.com/why/mental-health/.
Download the free MySSP app on your smartphone. When you log in just indicate that you are a Whitman College student. To speak or chat with a counselor, when you are in the app, you just touch the phone icon or text chat icon on the upper right corner of the app to call the SSP staff. They are available for students abroad who experience distress or any level of mental health challenge. For example, MySSP supports students experiencing things like stress, homesickness, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and relationship concerns.
Students who do not have a smartphone with them abroad can access MySSP from overseas by calling them toll-free/collect at 888-257-8533.