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Resilience While Studying Abroad

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Resilience While Studying Abroad

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Moving abroad to study or work can be a rewarding, life-changing experience. However, it can also be daunting, challenging, and at times tough, particularly in the midst or during the aftermath of a global pandemic.

Cigna’s latest research paper, Studying Abroad: Staying Resilient and Adapting to Change, explores the importance of mental health support for students studying abroad – both during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent safety measures and restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the virus have had an immeasurable impact on the mental health of much of the global population. Recent research suggests that young adults in particular have suffered from the situation.1,2

Now more than ever, as we gradually emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, looking after the ongoing mental health of our students is key. It is important that we learn how to recognize when someone needs help and understand what we can do should they reach out.

As plans are defined and preparations made, the mental health of the young and adventurous should be considered every step of the way; any problems or potential issues addressed; and support provisions prioritized. 

Click here to read the full report.

Cigna StudyWellTM: Support for Students

Feeling unwell, upset or uneasy when far from home can be extremely daunting. Knowing that someone is at the other end of a phone call, to advise about health matters, in your native language, 24 hours a day, can offer a peace of mind for both students and their parents and guardians alike. Cigna StudyWell ensures that while students may be far from home, they are never far from care.

1. “Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic – United States”, Czeisler MÉ et al., June 24–30, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Weekly Report 2020. doi:

2. Adults Under 24: The Loneliest Age Group During COVID-19 Restrictions,” Healthline. Published November 23, 2020. Accessed March 18, 2021. 

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not medical advice and should not be used as a tool for self-diagnosis. Always consult with your provider for appropriate examinations, treatment, testing and care recommendations. Any reference to products or services offered by Cigna are available except where prohibited by applicable law and subject to terms and conditions.