What Mental Health Support Is Out There?

21st May 2020 / in Contractor Mortgages & Protection Blog / by Gordon Hunter, MD

More than ever we need to be looking after our mental health. With 1 in 4 adults experiencing a mental health problem each year according to Mind. The coronavirus lockdown will only impact this further

Balancing working from home, home-schooling and staying indoors for long periods of time can be tough. Mental health is as important as physical health. So, if you’re feeling low, stressed or anxious it is always good to talk.

With this week being Mental Health Awareness week, we thought we would look at what our protection providers include with their polices in terms of mental health support facilities. We’ve highlighted some of these below:


SmartHealth – One of the six features with AIG’s SmartHealth is Mental Health Support. Access via app, phone or website – a dedicated support team are there to help you and your family (including children up to age 21) with the right support strategy and treatment.


Aviva’s Counselling & Carer Support Service provides:

  • Help with mental wellness issues where counselling would be beneficial, such as bereavement, work-related stress and relationship breakdown
  • Face to face or telephone based service for you and your immediate family
  • Lines are open 24 hours a day, every day, giving you the option to call day or night 365 days a year.

The Exeter

The Exeter’s HealthWise gives you access to fully trained specialists who can assess and treat a range of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression & substance abuse, as well as offering emotional and behavioural support. The service is provided by video consultation with
therapists via the app (up to 6 consultations each year).

Holloway Friendly, Royal London and Scottish Widows 

Partnered with RedArc Nurses to provide both physical and mental health support.

The services can provide you and your family with practical and emotional support at a time when you might need it most.

Income Protection – Case Study from Royal London


With LV= Doctor Services you have access to remote emotional and behavioural support from a qualified therapist, who are trained to offer counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as other mental health treatments. You can get up to five consultations a year with a specialist, helping them to address any mental health concerns.

For more information on any of our providers and what it means for your policy, please speak with our protection specialists today. Freephone 0800 211 8700 or fill in our online enquiry form.

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