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ASSISTANCE & REPATRIATION REVIEW 2018


HEALTHY MIND,


HEALTHY BODY


Keeping expatriate workers healthy in mind as well as body is a core focus for employers today. David Healy discusses the value of mental health services as part of employee assistance programmes (EAPs)


Today’s connected world offers the globally mobile a vast array of opportunities to work abroad. Yet at the same time as these opportunities are expanding, mental health issues are on the rise among expats in every region. Between 2014 and 2016, the prevalence of mental health conditions among Aetna


8 | International Travel & Health Insurance Journal


International’s members increased in every region – without exception. Europe saw the greatest increase in mental health claims at 33 per cent, followed by the Middle East and Africa (28 per cent), the Americas (26 per cent) and Southeast Asia (19 per cent). According to our data, the high number of claims related to depression and anxiety showed that these are the conditions from which our members are suffering the most. However, in spite of these figures, few expats anticipate the impact that moving overseas will have on their mental health. In 2016, Aetna International surveyed a group of 5,000 globally mobile


employers and IPMI brokers are anticipating increased costs as a result of employees experiencing workplace or personal stress


individuals, and in doing so, found that only six per cent expressed concern about their mental health. Te research also revealed that among the greatest reasons for the deterioration of expats’ mental health is the absence of their


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