THE sense of isolation can affect anyone.
And for international students living in a culture completely removed from their own, the risk is even greater.
Originally from India, Vibhawari Jammi started studying urban planning at La Trobe University in Bendigo last year.
She found some international students were often reluctant to make connections with the local community, and this could heighten the sense of isolation in the wider community.
"There are great programs at universities all over Australia to immerse students into local things like football - people tend to have lots of footy events," Ms Jammi said.
"But one thing that happens is they are just talking and mixing with each other instead of the local students.
"Once they are outside of the university, in a workplace or just having fun, they're interacting with locals who don't actually know about their culture. International students had the opportunity to learn about cultures themselves, but not the other way around.
"The isolation starts all over again."
As a member of the LGBTIQ community, Ms Jammi also saw first-hand the impact of last year's same-sex marriage postal vote.
While La Trobe had a supportive atmosphere for students, it was not always the same in the wider Bendigo community.
Ms Jammi said it had an impact on the mental health of students.
"Students who were proudly wearing their badges ended up having people shout at them from cars, people giving them disgusting looks in supermarkets," she said.
"It made them feel unsafe in environments where they are supposed to feel safe.
"It really hits them to the core because it's part of their identity. When someone is disgusted by that... it's definitely going to affect them."
Ms Jammi was among the many people in Australia who have accessed, and referred others to, mental health support services like Beyond Blue.
Now she's decided to give something back.
Ahead of R U OK Day on Thursday, Ms Jammi has set a goal of raising $1000 for the service.
"I really want people to realise that they're not alone," she said.
"There are too many people who are alone and are not reaching out.
"The fact that there are so many resources, like Beyond Blue, and once you realise that people around you are going through the same thing, and resources can help get you out of these situations, that would probably help a lot of people."
To support Vibhawari Jammi, visit her fundraising page here.