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October 2020 / Style & Wellbeing / by BUPA GLOBAL

Mental Health: At a Tipping Point?

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Research by Bupa Global shows that the pandemic has negatively impacted women’s mental health, now is the time to tackle the issues raised.

World Mental Health Day 2020 (10.10.20) demonstrated that public awareness of good mental health is growing, as is the moral, societal and business case for improving it. Yet despite this impetus, there are still numerous challenges in addressing issues head on.

Mental health concerns don’t discriminate by wealth. High-net-worth individuals are just as likely to suffer from addiction or mental health issues as anyone else, but many may seek help less often for fear of losing important roles or because of a lack of support and guidance.

And there are some conditions that affect more women than men. For instance, depression is twice as common in women[1]. Add to this increased pressure for women at work, as they battle gender imbalances in pay and status, it’s no surprise that the mental health burden on women executives is particularly high.

So how do we tackle these issues, and ensure that women are able to deal with the pressures of executive life and the mental health strains it can bring?

For some, COVID-19 represents a mental health tipping point, bringing to light issues that might have otherwise remained under wraps. According to Bupa Global’s Executive Wellbeing Index 60 per cent of high-net-worth women in the UK say the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health[2].

With more awareness of the problem comes more awareness of potential solutions, and one of these is early intervention. Dr Pablo Vandenabeele, Bupa Global’s Clinical Director for mental health advises that seeking help as early as possible is crucial to improving outcomes.

He says: “Our research shows that 40 per cent of high-net-worth women have delayed seeking help. Of course, it’s understandable that COVID-19 has taken precedence for many, but women mustn’t ignore their mental health concerns at this particularly difficult time.”

Another route is addressing the taboos around mental ill-health, where people fail to talk about their issues for fear of being stigmatized or judged. However, events like World Mental Health Day encourage openness and provides a reminder to anyone worried about their mental health, or that of a loved one, to seek help.

Bupa Global recognises that mental health is just as important as physical health. This is why Bupa Global’s cover provides holistic health management for you and your family, including comprehensive mental health support.

To find out how a Bupa Global health plan puts you in control of your health, search bupaglobal.com/withyou or call 0333 920 3062.

[1] World Health Organisation Gender Disparities in Mental Health report (2017)
https://www.who.int/mental_health/media/en/242.pdf?ua=1
[2] Bupa Global Executive Wellbeing Index (September 2020). Research conducted among 450 high net worth individuals and senior executives across UK, France, USA, UAE and Egypt.
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