A current problem or previous history of a mental health problem is not an absolute barrier to travel. When discussing with Carl about planning a trip he needs to be aware of the following points:
Ensure you give Carl enough of his regular medication for the total duration of his trip ONLY if you consider it safe to do so; an additional 1-2 weeks could be carried in case medication is lost or stolen.
Certain prescribed medicines are called ‘controlled drugs’, for example strong painkillers or opiate substitutes. This means there are additional laws around their use (Misuse of Drugs Act 1971). If Carl is entering or leaving the UK with controlled drugs, (Medikanet is a controlled drug) there are specific rules that he must follow. This can be accessed through the websites discussed previously.
We should make Carl aware that attitudes to mental illness vary between countries and in many severe stigma and discrimination exist.