Expat Focus Mental Health Update January 2022

“Intrinsic link” between financial advice and mental health Investment advisory firm Black Swan Capital reported last month that surveys have shown an ‘intrinsic link’ between mental health and receiving financial advice. The study was undertaken by leading bank HSBC, and highlighted a number of points: • 74% of adults who sought financial advice have an … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update January 2022

Health news for expats continues to be dominated by Covid-19. On a positive note, the Omicron variant appears – on the face of current evidence – to be milder than first feared, and the vaccination wall seems to be holding. Regulations against Covid-19 vary considerably from country to country, even within the UK. This month, … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update December 2021

Flexible working and mental health The recent HSBC annual Expat Explorer survey revealed that many expats put flexible working as high on their list of priorities when choosing a company. The benefits of flexible working – either in the form of working fully from home, flexible office hours or hybrid work (part digital) – have … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update December 2021

Healthcare news across the globe has been dominated by yet another new Covid-19 variant, Omicron. At the time of writing, it is not yet known how serious a threat Omicron poses. It appears to be highly infectious, but that does not necessarily mean it is more lethal or that it will lead to a higher … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update November 2021

Mental health issues continue to feature in the post-pandemic news. We’ll take a look at some new developments and how they might affect you as an expat.   Mental health hotline in Prague is extended Prague’s Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital has reported record levels of people using its mental health hotline, part of the Hospital’s Crisis … Read more

Expat Focus International News Update November 2021

Post-Covid confidence rises among expats The 14th annual Expat Explorer study, published in mid-October, shows that confidence among expats remains high. The yearly survey collects data from over 20,000 people who live and work abroad. As one might expect, 75% of expats reported that their optimism is a result of the waning effects of the … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update November 2021

Covid-19 continues to dominate international news headlines when it comes to healthcare. On the one hand is the relaxation of travel restrictions, whereas on the other are fears that death rates globally could increase as a result of waning immunity. Expat Focus asked a UK-based respiratory consultant for his views in mid-November, and he replied … Read more

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