Expatriate medical health insurance customers who are facing mental health issues might want to discuss their physical health with their doctor as well.
According to recent comments from Dr Sandra Wheatley, a social psychologist with a special interest in parenting and family, it is necessary to look at people's health as "a whole picture".
She explained: "If you are suffering from a mental illness, then you are much less likely to take care of yourself physically as well.
"It doesn't take much of a leap of the imagination to even an unqualified person to understand that if you are not looking after yourself mentally, you are probably not looking after yourself physically."
Earlier this year, research published in the journal PloS ONE found a marked impact of serious mental illness of life expectancy.