Diagnosing and managing mental illness for the mobile worker

50% of people will experience mental illness at some point in their life.1 

Anxiety and depression are the two main manifestations (symptoms) of stress. They will be exacerbated when employees travel for work. In fact their likelihood can increase by 54% and 62% respectively (from base line) after 14 nights are spent travelling for business.2

De-mystifying mental health issues and bringing them to the forefront of discussions inside and outside of the workplace is a fundamental step in addressing this epidemic.


International SOS ✔CHECKSTRESS ®


In order to help mobile workers quantify their stress levels and empower them to take action while preserving privacy, International SOS is developing a stress diagnosis and management tool, accessible on a mobile phone or computer. The tool will quantify anxiety and depression through a simple (peer-reviewed) test while addressing the four issues in a mobile worker's life that are thought to compound these symptoms:


  • Travel
  • Sleep
  • Diet
  • Alcohol consumption


S.A.D (Stress. Anxiety. Disorder)

After the CHECKSTRESS® self-assessment, International SOS members will be recommended stress treatment options and/or referral to an International SOS mental health professional.

Register your interest below and we will inform you when the self-assessment tool is accessible.


Register your interest here


If you do not have membership, you can to self-assess your stress levels by taking individual assessments for each of the six categories stated above and reach out to a mental health professional to seek help if necessary.

Useful self-assess websites:

Anxiety: https://patient.info/doctor/generalised-anxiety-disorder-assessment-gad-7

Depression: https://www.mdcalc.com/phq-9-patient-health-questionnaire-9

Travel: https://www.businesstravelnews.com/uploadedImages/1_Topics/Management/Voices_Chart.jpg

Sleep: http://www.sleep.pitt.edu/research/ewExternalFiles/PSQI%20Instrument.pdf

Diet: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/quiz

Alcohol consumption: https://www.mdcalc.com/cage-questions-alcohol-use 

For more information on our Emotional Support services, click here.




  1. Kessler RC, Angermeyer M, Anthony JC, et al. Lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset distributions of mental disorders in the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Survey Initiative. World Psychiatry. 2007;6(3):168-176.

  2. https://www.businesstravelnews.com/Management/The-Quantified-Impact-of-Business-Travel-on-a-Persons-Health