This week marked World Mental Health Day, so it seemed like a good chance to talk about the mental health of expats around the world. Studies have shown expats to be at a higher risk for mental health issues than most. These often manifest themselves in depression, or expat depression. It’s something very real for the community of expatriates around the world. You would think anyone brave enough to leave their native country and live overseas must have it all together. It makes sense, right? Well, the truth is, depression is common among the expat community.
This subset of people are more susceptible to depression because of their unique circumstances. Moving abroad isn’t easy. Culture shock and homesickness can quickly spiral into expat depression. It’s not often discussed, but I’ve seen it and lived it. There are many reasons, warning signs and tips to avoid and control expat depression.