Press Release: UK P&I Club supports Sailors’ Society “Wellness at Sea” programme

The UK P&I Club will be supporting the Sailors’ Society Emotional Wellness training module within its Wellness at Sea coaching programme.

The training, the second in a set of five modules, is designed to improve emotional well-being through early identification of mental health issues and empowerment of the seafarer to handle challenging situations at sea. 

Wellness at Sea seeks to combat issues by addressing ‘wellness’ as a holistic concept made up of five areas of well-being: Social, Emotional, Physical, Intellectual and Spiritual. 

The well-being of crew is a priority for UK P&I Club and its UK P&I PEME programme aims to detect physical conditions or illnesses in order to avoid crew becoming ill whilst on-board.  While it is rare to see crew fail their medical test due to mental health issues, UK P&I Club continues to see an increase in mental health, and suicide cases, in the claims presented by members.  

Sophia Bullard, PEME Director, UK P&I Club said: “We are pleased to be supporting the Sailors’ Society in this very important programme. Mental health affects crew of all ages, nationalities and ranks. A recent analysis of crew mental health revealed anxiety, social isolation, pressure of work and disturbed sleep can all be experienced by crew. These situations often lead to an incident and sadly, in some severe cases, they even led to the death of the seafarer. 

“To assist our members concerned with the rise in suicide cases we spoke to a number of industry experts, including the Sailors’ Society, who introduced us to their Wellness at Sea Programme.  We quickly realised the programme was a unique product and a valuable addition to the training of crew worldwide.  

“Through the training crew become better equipped to identify and manage the challenges of life at sea and this can help prevent deterioration of their health whilst on-board. The programme could lead to a decline in incidents and potentially could save a life. We encourage all our members to consider the Wellness at Sea project for their crew.” 

Sandra Welch, Sailors’ Society’s director of programme, said: “We are really pleased to have UK P&I Club’s backing and recognition of the value of Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea programme. Seafarers who undertake Wellness at Sea coaching will be equipped to better meet their social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual needs, thereby helping to prevent and minimise poor health or incidents at sea. By focusing on people rather than problems, we seek to support the centre point around which our industry revolves.”

For further information please contact the Sailors’ Society by email ( to receive a copy of the course prospectus. Find out more here:

For further details, please contact:

Gareth David / Carolyn Monchouguy / Ed Hooper

Four Broadgate


+44 20 3697 4200

Notes to editors

The UK P&I Club is a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community. Established in 1865 the UK P&I Club insures over 225 million tonnes of owned and chartered shipping through its international offices and claims network. ‘A (Stable)’ rated by Standard & Poor’s with free reserves and hybrid capital of $559m the UK P&I Club is renowned for its specialist skills and expertise which ensure ‘best in class’ underwriting, claims handling and loss prevention services.

The UK P&I Club is managed by Thomas Miller, an independent and international insurance, professional and investment services provider.

Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services. 

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations. 

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