There are prevalent misconceptions surrounding life insurance and mental health conditions. It’s crucial to grasp what coverage options are available to make informed decisions that best suit your needs.

Common Misconceptions

Many believe that a current or past mental health condition automatically disqualifies them from obtaining life insurance. However, the reality is far more nuanced. While certain factors come into play, it’s often possible to secure a policy that meets your requirements.

Eligibility for Claims

The ability to make a claim for mental health conditions hinges on individual circumstances. Consulting a financial adviser can shed light on available options. Understanding your Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and policy schedule is essential, as these documents outline what you can and can’t claim for, along with any additional exclusions that may apply. Despite misconceptions, successful claims for mental health are made every year.

Factors Considered by Underwriters

Underwriters, hired by life insurers, assess the risk of an insurance application to determine the coverage and premium. They consider various aspects, including:

  • Previous diagnoses
  • Impact of symptoms on work or study
  • Severity, duration, and management of symptoms
  • Overall lifestyle and health, including family medical history
  • Current or past treatments, such as therapy or medications

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Pre-Existing Conditions

Mental health conditions can evolve over time, potentially leading to new or recurring signs and symptoms. While one condition doesn’t directly cause another, there might be an increased risk of developing additional conditions. For example, individuals with a history of depression might be more prone to anxiety disorders.

Insurers evaluate each case individually, sometimes adding loadings or exclusions to a policy based on the perceived risk. However, if the condition poses minimal risk, they may offer coverage without additional costs or exclusions.

Navigating the Process

If you have a mental health condition and are considering life insurance, I can assist you in navigating the process and tailoring a policy that suits your needs. Understanding the nuances of coverage options can help you make informed decisions and secure the right protection for your future.  You can reach me at or by calling the office on 0862227909 to arrange an obligation-free chat.

Any advice is general in nature only and has been prepared without considering your needs, objectives or
financial situation. Before acting on it, you should consider its appropriateness for you, having regard
to those factors. Before making any decision about whether to acquire a financial product, you should
obtain the Product Disclosure Statement.
Shane Mitchell

Written by

Shane Mitchell

Director | Senior Financial Adviser

Shane Mitchell is an experienced Financial Adviser who is committed to making personal wealth management more accessible to the general population.