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Mental health cases for Brits abroad increase by 50%

There are nearly 50% more mental health cases for British people who are travelling abroad than five years ago, the British Consulate revealed.

In a new report, Helping British Nationals Abroad, they found that the highest volume of cases involving British nationals with mental health needs was recorded in Spain (67) France (50) and the USA (33).

Travel nurses should also be aware that prescription medication for patients with mental health issues who are travelling abroad “may be banned, unavailable or available under a different name,” so should be checked in advance, the report read.

Travel insurance may cover costs of local medical treatment and possibly repatriation. However, it often does not cover pre-existing conditions, including previous mental health diagnoses, the report went on to say.

Consular staff supported more than 17,000 British nationals who needed serious assistance abroad in 2014/15, the report also showed.

More information and advice on travelling with mental health needs is available here