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Mental Health

Before traveling abroad, develop a care plan to take care of your mental health. And then don't forget to implement your plan!

Before You Leave on Your International Travel

It's important to discuss your physical and mental health needs with your primary care physician and/or a travel health professional well in advance of your travel. The MSU Travel Clinic staff and/or International SOS can advise you on managing any health conditions abroad. For example, some anxiety medications interact negatively with malaria-prevention medications and cause unintended side effects. Also, many medications commonly prescribed in the US for anxiety, depression, and ADHD cannot be legally brought into other countries. You'll need to discuss alternatives with your physician well in advance of travel.

While Abroad 

Regardless of whether you have a pre-existing mental health condition, you may struggle with your mental wellness while you're abroad. Eating healthy, getting enough rest, exercising, and actively participating in program activities can help boost your mood. 

If you're not sure if you're experiencing symptoms related to a mental health condition, you can take advantage of a free online screening tool available through Mental Health America.

You may also want to take advantage of counseling services available through international SOS.