Before travelling overseas, it is important to consider your mental health. If you have a mental health condition, you, your family and any travelling companions should also assess the possible consequences of the challenges and stressors that can arise whilst travelling overseas.
The experience of different environments, unfamiliar customs, language barriers, social isolation, and general uncertainty are examples of risk factors that may increase stress and anxiety. Increased stress may exacerbate existing mental health conditions and possibly trigger unfamiliar mental health issues. Mental health facilities and treatment approaches in other countries may be very different to those in Australia. Australians with mental health concerns should carefully consider the possible consequences of travelling on their wellbeing.