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From World Mental Health Day trending on Twitter on the 10th October, to William and Kate announcing their support for mental health charity Mind, and Jeremy Corbyn appointing England’s first ever Minister for Mental Health, the topic has got people talking.
One in four of us will experience mental health issues at one point or another throughout our lives, yet it’s an issue that is still stigmatised and rarely discussed throughout the media, or indeed, by insurance companies.
Having a mental health condition can have a significant impact on your planned holiday – including your travel insurance policy. Insurancewith are proud to be different than other travel insurance providers in that they can offer cover for mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, anorexia, schizophrenia and psychosis, all for a competitive premium.
But how does travel affect mental health? Anyone reading a travel blog would believe that travel insurance can ‘free your mind’, but when stress and anxiety can trigger or exacerbate a condition, what can you do to ensure your trip goes without hitch?
The first thing you can do is identify factors which have the possibility of affecting mental health before you go. Plan well, and take into account things such as:
o Major life events prior to travel
o Emotional stress
o Travelling alone
o Dependence on medication or substances
o Your current health situation
o Type and duration of travel
o Your destination and medical facilities
There have been studies which show that there are clear links between mental and physical health, so making sure of yourself both before and during your trip are important.