Fears for the future
One finding from our research which seemed particularly troubling was that only 38% of non-native respondents felt optimistic about the future, compared with 44% of local nationals. Likewise, 37% of the non-native residents surveyed said that they were feeling pessimistic, compared to just 31% of locals.
For around a third of expats, financial security, job and income security seemed to have a particular impact on their health and wellbeing. Others were concerned about their career prospects, with two-in-five (39%) feeling uncertain about the future of their career.
When you’ve been struggling for a while, it can be difficult to imagine how things might get better. Our research found that non-natives felt they lacked support when it came to mental health and wellbeing, something which is bound to contribute to their pessimistic views on their future. It’s vital, therefore, that employers who are sending people abroad ensure they have the support they need.
Throughout the pandemic, virtual tools such as AXA’s own Mind Health service have become widely adopted, as well as quizzes to quickly measure anxiety providing an effective means of supporting employees around the world. We hope organisations will continue rolling these tools out, and that those expats who are struggling will feel they have a place to turn for help. Because managing mental health isn’t just for times of crisis. It’s important that we try to make small improvements in everyday life too.
We hope this report will help individuals and families living abroad, as well as their employers, take care of their mind health while discovering the world. By focusing on the challenges this unique community has faced over the last two years, our hope is that these insights will help non-natives find ways to recover and flourish after the pandemic.
To download the full report, visit: https://www.axaglobalhealthcare.com/en/wellbeing/emotional/mind-health-index/
* Research conducted in October 2021 by Ipsos Access panel. A total of 11,000 total respondents (1,000 in Hong Kong, 1,000 in Switzerland, 1,000 in Ireland, 1,000 in the UK, 1,000 in Spain, 1,000 in Belgium, 1,000 in Germany, 1,000 in France, 1,000 in Italy, 1,000 in Japan, and 1,000 in China) of whom 1,484 were non-natives (378 in Hong Kong, 258 in Switzerland, 257 in Ireland, 132 in the UK, 124 in Spain, 95 in Belgium, 94 in Germany, 66 in France, 39 in Italy, 29 in Japan, and 12 in China) were surveyed.