Expat challenges with mental health
How to manage pre-existing mental health issues as an expat
Start building your network
Isolation is one of the biggest contributing factors for expats struggling with their mental health. Recent research has found that the loss of a support network as their biggest cause of stress. Having a strong network can completely change your expat experience.
Take time to mix with locals and other expats. Try joining an expat networking group or taking up new hobbies that allow you to mix with others. Building meaningful friendships will enrich your life, and help you avoid feeling isolated abroad.
Look after your physical health
Make time for managing your symptoms
Avoid spending too much time online
Have the right health insurance in place
How to access support from mental health professionals while abroad
has recognised the lack of resources when it comes to managing mental health issues worldwide. They have stated that: “The gap between the need for treatment and its provision is wide all over the world; and is often poor in quality when delivered”.
This lack of resources makes it even more important that you know when and how to seek out extra support. There is no shame in asking for help especially when it comes to your health.