Seafarers are under immense stress right now. A recent study by the ITF and Yale University showed that even before the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, 20-25% of seafarers suffered from anxiety or depression and that 20% had recent thoughts of suicide. The same study showed that rates of accidents and illness doubled when seafarers were anxious or depressed.
In this video, Christopher L. Hall Managing Director (Hong Kong), SCB Management Consulting Services, Ltd. and Business Development Director (Asia) offers five things that the industry can do now to help seafarers cope with feelings of anxiety and/or depression.
Along with the measures mentioned in the video, please see the following links for more on seafarer mental wellness:
The American P&I Club https://www.american-club.com/page/seafarer-wellness https://www.american-club.com/page/COVID-19
Mission to Seafarers https://www.missiontoseafarers.org/help-where-can-i-get-help
Sailors Society https://www.sailors-society.org/support-for-seafarers
Seamens Church Institute https://seamenschurch.org/services-ministry
The International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) https://www.seafarerswelfare.org/news/2020/managing-your-mental-health-during-the-covid-19-pandemic https://www.seafarerswelfare.org/seafarer-health-information-programme/good-mental-health
The UK Confidential Reporting Programme for Aviation and Maritime (CHIRP) https://www.chirpmaritime.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Covid-19-psycology-and-welfare-paper-April-2020-Final.pdf
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