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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.

Long working hours, isolation risk seafarers’ mental health

A research conducted by Cardiff University, sets out to explore mental health and well-being among seafarers working in the international cargo shipping industry. Long working hours, isolation and extended periods away from home, put seafarers at risk of poor mental health, the study finds.

Seafarer interaction presents highest rank in last 5 years

The Mission to Seafarers in support of the Shipowners Club launches its Q3 2019 “Seafarers Happiness Index” highlighting that there has been an improvement of seafarers’ wellness onboard vessels, presenting an increasing to 6.59/10 from the previous 6.27, marking a promising and better future in respect of the seafarers and their life onboard.

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.

Understanding Fatigue: Why time awake needs control

Missing a night of sleep isn’t uncommon but does affect you. How long an individual is awake affects sleepiness and consequently fatigue levels. The longer an individual has been awake, the poorer his/her performance.

Mental health and seafarers: It’s time to talk

In the first Gard Insights series, Kunal Pathak, Loss Prevention Manager, Asia, Singapore covers the topic of mental health of seafarers, discusses what can be done to break the taboo surrounding mental illness, as seafarers live and work under more challenging conditions than most of us.

Autonomous tasks may result to seafarers’ boredom

A research published in the International Maritime Health journal alerts that automated onboard tasks for seafarers may reduce attention and vigilance, increase the risk of accidents, and lead to higher levels of smoking, drinking, eating disorders and addictive behaviours amongst crew members.

Infographic: Suicide prevention advice

On the occasion of the World Mental Health Day celebrated on 10th October, Mental Health Foundation issued an infographic providing simple suicide prevention advice for anyone concerned. This comes as the World Health Organization sheds a focus this year on suicide prevention.

World Mental Health Day: Suicide of seafarers in the spotlight

Every 40 seconds, someone in the world loses their life to suicide, a figure which could justify a global interest in a greater awareness on mental health issues. On the occasion of the World Mental Health Day 2019 celebrated today, the World Health Organization sheds a focus on suicide prevention.

Building Resilience: Making connections

Good relationships with close family members, friends or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience. Some people find that being active in civic groups, faith-based organizations or other local groups provides social support and can help with reclaiming hope. Assisting others in their time of need also can benefit the helper.

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