The NHS found that one in four adults will experience some kind of mental illness in their lifetime.
When travelling, looking after your mental health is just as important as your physical health. You must also find travel insurance that covers you properly if you need to make a claim.
Before you head off on holiday, take these steps to prepare:
There are a few things you can do to take care of yourself while travelling:
If you start to struggle, seek help quickly. The sooner you deal with the issue, the less likely it is to escalate.
Travel insurance covers you for inconvenient and stressful situations that can happen abroad.
This can include theft of personal belongings, accidental injury, or delayed flights. It also can cover for you unexpected medical treatment if you need it.
When buying your travel insurance, you’ll need to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions you might have or ever had. This means any physical or mental illness that was known to you before buying your policy.
Before giving you a quote, most insurers will ask you questions about your health. You’ll need to let us know about:
This information is confidential: it’s just so we can get you the right cover. If you don’t disclose an illness which you later need to claim for, this will invalidate your insurance.
You need to let your insurer know about any changes to your health between buying your policy and going on holiday, if there are any.
It’s important to note that you won’t be covered if you don’t take your required medications or have been told not to travel by a medical professional. Read more about travelling with medicine here.
If you’d like help with completing your quote, you can contact us.
We’ve provided some definitions for some of the terms you might see in the medical questions asked when buying travel insurance:
Disorder: a physical or mental condition that disturbs the normal functioning of your day-to-day life.
Hospital admission: when a person is required to have an overnight stay in a hospital bed and has to be discharged by a medical professional.
Compulsory admission: when a person is admitted to a hospital against their wishes under the 1983 Mental Health Act. This is also known as being sectioned.
Therapy: meeting with a therapist or counsellor to treat mental conditions through communication.
Treatment: this can involve taking prescription medication, therapy, investigation into your health and medical procedures.
Continuously: something without interruption or gaps. In insurance, this includes being prescribed monthly repeat prescriptions by your doctor or attending regular therapy sessions.
Counsellor: someone who provides talking therapy and helps find ways to deal with emotional issues.
Psychologist: clinical psychologists are not the same as psychiatrists. Psychologists study the human mind and behaviours and offer treatment for mental, emotional and behavioural disorders.
Psychiatrist: psychiatrists are not the same as psychologists. Psychiatrists are medically qualified doctors who specialise in diagnosing and treating people with mental health conditions. They can prescribe medication and recommend other forms of treatment.
If, for any reason, we cannot offer insurance, many alternatives are available. The MoneyHelper travel insurance directory has a panel of travel insurance providers who specialise in covering serious medical conditions.
Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 138 7777. (Monday to Friday 8:00-18:00, closed on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.)
To learn more about mental health and travel insurance, visit the following websites:
There are many support services that you can use: