Time to Talk Day 2018
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Mental health issues are a global concern, and the UK Club continues to see an increase in mental health related claims and enquiries from Members.
Seafarers are particularly exposed to various mental, psychosocial and physical stressors such as separation from family, isolation, fatigue and long contracts.
In order to address these concerns, The Club has been raising awareness on mental health via literature, videos, and charity partnerships.
Tackling Mental Health Bulletin
Mental Health Brochure & Poster
Mental Health Symptoms Poster
Further support on mental health is widely available from our charity partners in the maritime sector.
The Sailors’ Society
Seafarers are advised to keep up-to-date on health initiatives and to monitor their own physical and mental health. Health, exercise and diet monitoring apps are proving very popular amongst the workforce. Apps such as The Sailors’ Society Wellness at Sea App work in conjunction with their enhanced training programme to actively promote positive crew wellbeing. The app provides interactive challenges on each of the five elements of Wellness at Sea training: Social, Emotional, Physical, Intellectual and Spiritual wellness. App users receive daily feedback, which enables them to monitor their progress (Android and iPhone compatible).
For more information, please visit www.sailors-society.org/wellness
The UK Club charity partners can also advise on how crew can maintain their physical and mental health while at sea, as well as what they can do if they feel overwhelmed. ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp is the free, multi-lingual helpline for seafarers and their families, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. To contact SeafarerHelp:
SMS: +44 (0)762 481 8405
Call collect: +44 (0)207 323 2737
Mission to Seafarers & Apostleship of the Sea
Both these charities offer the support of port chaplains, to whom seafarers can speak in the utmost confidence.
To contact a Mission to Seafarers chaplain, please visit: www.missiontoseafarers.org
Apostleship of the Seas port chaplains may be contacted via their website: www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
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