Suicidal Thoughts Life Insurance

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We are aware that there are many circumstances that could lead someone to experience suicidal thoughts. Our job is to help you find the best insurance that is available to you, with an insurer who is sympathetic to your circumstances.

Things we need to know:

  • How long have you had suicidal thoughts for?
  • Have you self-harmed in anyway?
  • When did you last have suicidal thoughts?
  • Do you take any medication to control these feelings?
  • Have you tried any therapies to help you address these thoughts?

Life Insurance after a suicidal thought can be available. Insurers may want to know a few things about the situation that led to you feeling suicidal. They will ask about your mental health and whether you have had anxiety, depression or post traumatic stress disorder. They could ask about any counselling you have undertaken or if you have tried any other treatment methods such as anti-depressants, cognitive behaviour therapy.

The insurer will want to know how long it has been since you felt suicidal and how many times it has happened. You may be able to get Life Insurance after having suicidal thoughts at normal terms with some select insurers, but many on the standard market will offer you special rates in the form of a premium increase.

If you have taken an overdose or self-harmed in any way, then insurers may want to ask further questions about your health. You may find our page for Life Insurance after a suicide attempt useful.

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Suicidal Thoughts Critical Illness Cover

Critical Illness Cover can be available after suicidal thoughts. As with Life Insurance, insurers are going to want to know details about your current mental health and it can be useful if you can explain the specific cause that triggered your suicidal feelings. Your critical illness application will need to detail how long it has been since you last felt suicidal, how many times you have felt suicidal and if you have taken any medication or undergone any treatments to help you. It is possible with some insurers to arrange Critical Illness Cover after suicidal thoughts at normal terms, but again, many insurers will increase your policy premiums.

If you have self harmed or taken an overdose due to suicidal thoughts, then you will likely see Critical Illness Cover offered at non-standard terms, or need to arrange cover with a specialist provider.

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Suicidal Thoughts Income Protection

Income Protection following suicidal thoughts may be available with some insurers, depending on your circumstances. Any offer for Income Protection that you are given will most likely come with a mental health exclusion to the policy claims set. If your suicidal thoughts occurred a number of years ago, you may find that some insurers are able to consider Income Protection at normal terms.

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For those who have a mental health condition and find that long-term Income Protection that is on offer doesn't suit their needs, Accident Sickness and Unemployment Cover may be worth considering. This short-term Income Protection policy will pay a monthly income replacement for between 12 and 24 months, if you are unable to work due to disability, long-term injury and unemployment cover. Accident, Sickness and Unemployment policies do not take into account your medical history when you apply for the cover, so your history of suicide attempts will not affect your eligibility for the policy. However, any claim that you place will exclude claims related to any existing medical conditions that you have.

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Suicidal Thoughts Travel Insurance

If you are planning on travelling abroad and have had suicidal thoughts, it may be worthwhile speaking to a specialist travel adviser before to discuss your insurance needs. Please visit our dedicated travel page here.

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What are Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts can be caused by any number of reasons. It is possible to feel suicidal due to stress or other mental health conditions, job and relationship worries, or as the result of abuse or a traumatic event. It can be beneficial to accept the way that you are feeling suicidal, identify why you are having suicidal thoughts, and speak to someone who can help you come to terms with your situation.

Also: Suicide attempt, suicidal ideations, self harm

Linked with: Mental health disorders, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Possible Effects on Lifestyle

Some potential problems experienced by individuals who have suicidal thoughts include:

  • Avoiding drugs and alcohol
  • Crisis planning
  • Drug overdose
  • Emotional dependence
  • Self harm
  • Social withdrawal

Medications and Treatments

  • Anti-depressants
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
  • Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)
  • Counselling
  • Crisis Prevention Team (CRT)
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mindfulness

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Common Questions

1. I have thought about committing suicide in the past, but not actually hurt myself in anyway. Does the insurer need to know this?

We think its better to be safe than sorry. When you apply for your insurances you do not want to hide anything about your health, as it could lead to the insurer not paying out a claim on the policy. The main thing is to know the right insurers to speak to, who understand that there is a big difference between thinking about hurting yourself and actually doing it. Please do not worry if you have been refused life insurance in the past, we can get something in place for you.

2. I had a bereavement and felt like I didn't want to carry on for a while, but I'm better now. Can I get life insurance?

Yes you can. It's good to remember that whilst insurers work to specific guidelines, the underwriters who work there are human too. They understand that a bereavement can be beyond horrible and that it can take some time to come to terms with.

3. I've had suicidal thoughts recently and it made me think that life insurance could be a good idea. I've tried, but been declined life insurance. Can you help?

Yes we can. Recent suicidal thoughts may make some insurers a bit nervous about offering you life insurance. Many life insurance policies come with an exclusion for claims as a result of suicide in the first 12 months of a policy being set up, but even so, some insurers will be wary. The good news is that there are insurers who can offer you life insurance after having suicidal thoughts, it's just a matter of knowing who to go to.

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