Analysis of General and Insured Population Suicides in the U.S.
Recent celebrity deaths have brought the topic of suicide out of the shadows and sparked conversation about the causes for suicide and possible preventive measures.
Suicide Trends and Risk Factors
From a financial point of view, the cost of suicide to society is significant in terms of lost productivity and income, and the life insurance industry annually pays out millions for suicide claims.
Mental Illness Risk
There is plenty of evidence that, generally, mortality is elevated in mental illness. That it should be so in the more severe forms such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder should be no surprise, but it is interesting to note that even milder conditions may present an extra risk.
Underwriting Mental Health
The underwriting of mental health conditions has always been notoriously difficult. To properly assess such applicants an underwriter needs to look at the complete picture of not only the applicant’s health but also factors such as employment record and support network.
Underwriting Presentations from the 2017 SEHOUA Meeting
Slides from presentations delivered at the 2017 Southeastern Home Office Underwriters Association have been posted at the SEHOUA site. Presentations include:
- Analytics – Mind versus Matter
- Pharmacogenetics: Relevant or Not?
- Give Credit Where Credit is Due – The Value of Credit in Life Underwriting
- The Underwriting Profession at Risk: 4 Steps to Manage Career Morbidity
- Underwriting the High Mileage Applicant
- The Meaning of Underwriting
- Life after Bariatric Surgery
- Mental Illness Update
Suicide Facts and Prevention
This article examines some of suicide’s impact on the U.S. life insurance industry, and also briefly looks at current practices and thoughts regarding suicide prevention.
https://www.soa.org/news-and-publications/newsletters/reinsurance/reinsu... (Click on March 2016, article appears on page 32)
Mental Health & Psychiatric Conditions (SCOR Global Life)
At the present time, in the world mental illness represents the 5th leading cause of mortality and disability and the 3rd leading cause of sick leave and invalidity. 400 million people are affected by mental or neurological disorders, or suffer from psychosocial problems.
Understanding Depression for Fairer Risk Assessment
The release of the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a manual edited by the American Psychiatric Association, led to an outcry from many experts who felt the diagnostic tool labelled everyday problems as mental health disorders.
The Rise and Rise of Childhood Mental Disorders: Overdiagnosis or Epidemic?
Diagnostic fashions are of keen interest to life and health insurance practitioners because they challenge current and traditional underwriting practice. The methodical processes by which risk selection guidelines are updated make speedy reaction to abrupt changes in diagnostics or medical practice problematic.
Higher Mortality Risk in Individuals with Mental Health Disorders
Individuals with mental health disorders have a risk of mortality that is two times higher than the general population or than individuals without such disorders, according to a new study.