A major piece of research* released by AXA, in which 578 expats were surveyed, has found that two-in-five (39%) feel as though their mental health has deteriorated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, nearly two-in-three (62%) would have described their general state of mind as good. However, this fell to just one-in-three (35%) during the pandemic. Fewer than one-in-ten (6%) said that their mental health had improved, and more than a quarter (28%) went so far as to say that they have never faced a situation that had been worse for their mental wellbeing.
Andy Edwards, Global Head of International Healthcare, AXA Global Healthcare, commented: “COVID-19 has clearly had a very real impact on the mental health of the expats in Europe that were surveyed. Many will undoubtedly have experienced feelings of isolation and struggled to either return home or visit loved ones. Now, with many regions across Europe tackling a second wave of infections, it’s vital that these individuals prioritise their mental health.”