How have things changed for people with mental health who want life insurance?
Author: Daniel Sharpe-Szunko
We’re often asked to find life insurance by people who suffer with mental health. We appreciate that it’s very difficult to have to share very personal information about your mental health with someone you don’t know. It’s even worse if the person that you’re speaking to doesn’t understand you.
Mental health is one of the hottest topics in the medical world today, which also applies to life insurance. It’s got to be one of the most difficult subjects because of the numerous stigmas around mental health. Another possible problem is that there are no specific symptoms for mental health so it’s difficult to assess.
What’s different about a mental health life insurance expert?
iam|INSURED is a life insurance expert dedicated to helping people with mental health issues and other medical conditions. Over the past 20 years, our team of advisers has helped thousands of people to get the protection they need for their families.
How has life insurance changed for mental health?
We think this is very important to explain, simply because of how far things have improved over the past 20 years. There’s probably a number of key points to consider when looking at how things have moved on for this, such as:
- People in general are more aware of mental health
- Greater understanding about mental health conditions
- Less stigma around mental health
- Treatments have also improved
Over the past 2 decades we’ve seen major changes in how we talk about mental health and treatment. This group of conditions covers a huge range of different types of mental health related problems, as well as being linked to many other medical conditions.
When we talk about managing a medical condition such as MS, Diabetes, Cancer or Heart Disease, it’s often linked to mental health. It seems logical that someone having to manage, monitor and maintain a medical condition, may also have to cope with Stress or Anxiety.
Previously with mental health and life insurance it was difficult to understand how that may affect you physically. It’s easier to assess someone physically than mentally simply because of the symptoms and treatments.
Do I need to speak to someone about my mental health to get life cover?
One of the most important issues that we face and our customers face, is having to discuss distressing events with us. We appreciate that it’s a very sensitive subject and that it can be extremely disturbing to have to talk about your mental health.
The fact is that in most cases to get the best advice, it’s important to disclose facts about your health. If you’ve had problems with mental health in the past then you may need to talk about that with your adviser.
Some of the questions you might be asked may include:
- Have you suffered from Stress, Anxiety, Depression or another mental health issue?
- Have you ever been admitted to hospital due to mental health or been treated by a psychiatrist?
- Have you attempted to take your own life or had suicidal thoughts?
- Have you intentionally harmed yourself or thought about harming yourself?
- When did you first have symptoms?
- Are you waiting for a hospital referral or to be seen by a specialist?
These are just some examples of the types of questions that you might be asked when applying for life cover. As you can see, these questions are quite personal and could be distressing to discuss.
We’ve got a team of experts who understand this and have years of experience, so this is important for us.