Let’s face it, life can be stressful. With everything going on in the world and everything that’s happened over the last few years, our anxiety levels have been off the charts. We all need a healthy mind as well as a healthy body & it’s never been more important to look after your mental health.

Did you know that Health Insurance can help? Over the past few years, Health Insurance has evolved with the changing landscape, offering a wide array of online mental health benefits that members can access.

While you may be aware of benefits such as an Online GP which is available on most Health Insurance plans, you may not be aware of the many of the mental health benefits that are also available from the comfort of your own home.

Online Mental Health Benefits:

Access to Beneficial Apps like Calm and Headspace

These apps have been developed with the purpose of de-congesting our minds. With resources available on these ranging from breathing exercises to meditation they allow us to re-align and de-stress from the pressures of the modern world.

Often, we might just want some more information or advice on a topic that’s bothering us and that’s where these apps have medically verified informative articles. They also have an online chat function to connect to a trained counsellor.

Access to a Life Coach

Available on some Health Insurance plans, these trained professionals help and empower us to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals – it may range from excelling at work or college, becoming happy and fulfilled in life, exploring yourself and the world, and achieving ambitions either in our personal or professional lives.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

This program is available on many Health Insurance plans. Also named ‘Healthy Minds’ with Irish Life Health and ‘Support Services’ with Laya Healthcare the EAP gives members access to a 24/7 telephone counselling service and will also cover up to 6 face-to-face visits with a counsellor.

The service is confidential and covers everything from relationship issues to anxiety, and career challenges. This service can be availed of over the phone, on video chat or face-to-face.


There are so many benefits available on health plans today which allow us to tackle mental health. Health insurance also offers benefits on wellness & self-care, you might be surprised to know that Yoga & Pilates classes are claimable on certain Health Insurance plans. Need a massage to de-stress? You are even able to claim back on massage treatments!


To find out more about these benefits and to check if they are covered under your Health Insurance plan speak to one of our Health Insurance Advisors today on (01) 420 0999.

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