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Seafarers’ PTSD: signs and recovery tips

Suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common phenomenon for the seafarers’ mental health. The Crew Health team of the UK P&I Club along with the I.M.E.Q., collaborated and presented a supportive publication to aware people of the PTSD disorder issue, including some recovery tips.

World AIDS Day: How aware are you against STIs onboard?

On 1st December each year, the World AIDS Day aims to spread awareness on a disease which caused an estimated 770,000 deaths worldwide in 2018 only. Due to the nature of their work, seafarers bear a great risk since the constant traveling increases probabilities of sexual activity with casual partners all over the world.

Tips to address loneliness at sea

Loneliness is one of the key issues associated with mental health problems at sea. Separation from family creates a sense of loneliness and isolation for seafarers. A Danish study is currently looking into what can be done to improve the situation.

20% of seafarers have contemplated suicide or self-harm, Yale study finds

A new study by Yale University to 1,572 seafarers identified potentially dangerous levels of depression, anxiety and suicide risk among seafarers. Within the previous two weeks of the survey, 25% of respondents had suffered depression, 17% anxiety and 20% had contemplated suicide or self-harm.

Speaking about fraud in healthcare and its relation to shipping

Elena Donina Glukhman, Project Manager of AP Companies Global Solutions, questions what fraud in healthcare means and how it can relate to the maritime industry, explaining common types of fraud committed by the patients and their consequences.

People focus: Diabetes and the seafarer

Today, 14 November is World Diabetes Day. Gard’s Christina Tsouni, Claims Executive, Piraeus and Alice Jackson Amundsen, Vice President, Arendal, join in the effort to raise the awareness among their readers of the risks of the disease, particularly to seafarers, and recommendations for life-style changes that can reduce these risks.

Feeling stressed onboard: Symptoms and key actions

Fighting stress onboard is both challenging and crucial. Although much of our everyday stress can be useful in a way of noticing a problem or the pressures that we face, triggering us to act, in general, repeated and prolonged stress  may have negative effects on our mental health. Focusing on seafarers’ safety and wellness onboard,  a self-help guide, issued previously by ISWAN in cooperation with the Shipowners’ Club, provides practical tips to seafarers to better deal with stress and be able to recognize its symptoms and face a stressful situation.

Understanding Fatigue: How to avoid jet lag

Our body has its own internal clock, or circadian rhythms, that signals when to stay awake and when to sleep; As a result, travellers are affected by jet lag that can cause daytime fatigue, an unwell feeling, difficulty in staying alert as well as gastrointestinal problems.

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