Mental Health Issues Facing Students Studying Abroad

21 February 2018 ,  Philadelphia

Chubb and International SOS Whitepaper Addresses Mental Health Issues Facing Students Studying Abroad

Paper Urges U.S. Colleges/Universities to Implement Programmes Designed to Help Prepare Students for Stressful Experiences and Protect Institutions From Potential Liabilities

According to a new Chubb Accident & Health and International SOS whitepaper, “Student Travel and Study Abroad: Mental Health Issues and Awareness,” research indicates there is a rising tide in mental health issues for students and such symptoms and conditions may worsen when studying abroad. To help educational institutions understand and address these issues, the paper discusses relevant case studies, key considerations in effectively managing mental health risks for students travelling and studying abroad, and what academic institutions should look for when selecting the right insurance coverage and assistance programs.
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“Colleges and universities have a ‘Duty of Care’ obligation to assume responsibility in protecting their students from foreseeable health and security risks when students study abroad on school-sponsored or contracted programmes,” said Dean Hoski, Assistant Vice President, Chubb North America Accident & Health Division. “To address health risks while students are overseas and to reduce its legal and financial exposure, many schools purchase emergency travel assistance services and accident & health insurance. Such purchases are important as many domestic health insurance policies do not respond to risks associated with foreign travel, which may result in coverage gaps.”

Hoski co-authored the paper with Robert L. Quigley, MD, D.Phil., Professor of Surgery, Senior Vice President and Regional Medical Director, Americas Region at International SOS.

“Many educational institutions are not equipped or even aware of how to provide access to mental health services to their students travelling abroad,” said Prof. Quigley. “Thus, it is critical for colleges and universities to partner with medical and travel security assistance providers as well as insurance companies with scholastic travel expertise to help manage the risks associated with students experiencing mental health challenges while travelling.”

The paper recommends that educational institutions establish Duty of Care policies and procedures, develop incident response plans and procedures, and develop a comprehensive travel program, which includes purchasing vital insurance coverages.

To read “Student Travel and Study Abroad: Mental Health Issues and Awareness, click here.

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