Expat Focus Mental Health Update October 2021

Mental health support for Westerners in Taipei The Taipei Times has reported recently on an organisation, Haxstrong, that offers mental health assistance and other forms of help to Westerners in Taiwan. The group started as an informal collection of Western and Taiwanese residents rallying around their friend Gregg Haxton, who had been seriously injured in … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update October 2021

Hong Kong expats criticise draconian Covid-19 regulations Singapore has abandoned its zero Covid-19 policy and is now describing the virus as endemic and something that has to be lived with. Combined with its excellent vaccination rate (80% of the population are now vaccinated), this is standing the city-state in good stead in comparison to economic … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update September 2021

Recent research suggests that as many as 50% of American expats have experienced mental health difficulties, and with Covid-19 added into the mix, the number might be even higher from 2020 onwards.   Mental health during the pandemic The study, The Mental Health Status of Expatriate Versus US Domestic Workers, was commissioned by Chestnut Global … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update September 2021

Abu Dhabi is a world leader in Covid-19 response The Deep Knowledge Group in London has recently published a survey researching global responses to the Covid-19 pandemic: ‘Ranking of the Safest Cities during the Covid-19 Pandemic for the Second Quarter of 2021.’ Abu Dhabi came top, followed by Singapore, Seoul, Tel Aviv and Dubai. Toronto, … Read more

How To Deal With Homesickness When Living Abroad

Expats are a particularly vulnerable group when it comes to maintaining mental health. This should not be surprising: the upheaval of a move, taking up a new job, and being uprooted from familiar surroundings and loved ones, plus the challenges of a different language and culture, can all take their toll – especially if it’s … Read more

How Do Expat Mental Health Concerns Differ Around The World?

If you are relocating abroad, you may be wondering about the situation in your new home as regards mental health. Maintaining your mental and emotional equilibrium is tough at the best of times, but the recent pandemic has seen a rise in mental health problems across the world. Cultural perspectives on mental health vary widely … Read more

How To Deal With Expat Child Syndrome

For an adult, a move abroad can be quite a challenge: with a new environment, a new job, and a different culture to contend with. Many expats take their families with them, and for a child this can be a great experience, introducing them to other cultures, food, and languages. Some children never look back: … Read more

Dealing With Serious Mental Health Conditions Abroad

Many expats experience some form of mental health issue during their time abroad. Homesickness and a degree of culture shock are normal and can be addressed with relative ease, but what happens if you have a serious mental health condition? Could this be adversely affected by disruption to your normal routines, or by jetlag and … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update August 2021

Covid-19 continues to dominate the headlines, but the world is starting to open up. The UK, for instance, is attempting to cope with the ‘pingdemic’ through a regulation change – now, you just have to get a test if you get pinged, rather than isolate. Alongside Covid-19, Brexit is still making itself felt, with ongoing … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update July 2021

Petition calls for greater travel freedom for vaccinated Brits in Spain A recent petition has called for the end of quarantine for fully vaccinated Brits travelling between Spain and the UK. The petition, set up by Ashley Bowman, notes that countries on the red or amber travel list have large expat British populations and says … Read more