How do insurers provide mental health support to their clients?
In an article by the online protection newspaper, Protection Guru, they explore the many options of help and support that insurers can provide to their clients.
What types of mental health support are offered?
Included by insurers are a combination of:
- bereavement stress
- suffering from marital/ or relationship problems
- coping with a serious incident, such as a suicide attempt
- help with tackling debt
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- trauma therapy
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The vast majority of insurance providers offer support services in all of these areas. However, there are some notable exceptions. We have up to date knowledge of the services offered by all insurance providers so that you can make an informed choice. We research the most comprehensive of insurance plans so that you don’t have to.
What therapies are offered?
Insurers offer a range of:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – a talking therapy that helps the individual deal with overwhelming problems that can lead to negative thoughts and patterns of behaviour
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) – looks more at learned behaviours from the person’s past and how it, or certain beliefs, might be contributing to issues they are facing today
- Phobia therapy and trauma-focused therapy designed to help with more specific problems
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat PTSD which tends to occur after experiences such as military combat, rape, assault or car accidents, for example
- Counselling helplines
- short-term, solution-focused therapy
How do I receive the therapy on offer?
Insurance providers disclosed to Protection Guru that telephone contact is the most popular option, with Video call coming second, although not all insurers offer this method.
Do the support and therapies on offer come at an extra cost?
All insurers are different, some cover the total cost of their mental health support benefits, but several cap their levels of cover. Others will pay the full cost of treatment (up to six mental health treatment sessions) but thereafter would be subject to further discussion with the insurance provider.
Some insurers contribute on a case by case basis and do not indicate any maximum level or total liability.
The positive to take from this blog is that levels of support are expanding at a rapid rate. Insurers have a better understanding of mental health including just how many people it affects, and we can help find the perfect policy for you.
Source: Policy Guru October 2020
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