wellness at sea

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.

Understanding Fatigue: Why workload is an increasing concern

Workload is considered as one of the factors likely to induce fatigue especially when combined with long periods of wakefulness and long duty hours. Either a very high or a very low workload may lead to fatigue; on the one hand, working extensive hours and having to complete multiple tasks that require excessive demand on attention can increase periods of wakefulness; on the other hand, even simple tasks, that are monotonous and repeating, can result in loss of interest and boredom which also increase the effects of fatigue.

Wellness at sea: Is life onboard getting better for seafarers?  

Less than two months after the maritime community celebrated the World Mental Health Day putting suicide of seafarers in the spotlight, a new Yale study came to confirm concerns of suicidal thoughts among the world’s seafarers, at a time when the Seafarers Happiness Index reveals an increase to crews happiness globally.

SafeMetrix MET-3S set to release soft skills assessments in Tagalog and Greek

A significant step towards continuously ensuring the provision of fair and unbiased assessments that give equal opportunities to all seafarers around the globe is on the horizon for SafeMetrix, a product line of Safebridge. The platform is set to broaden its prospects, aiming to target the Philippine and Greek markets.

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.

Nautilus reports on safeguarding the British maritime sector

Nautilus International issued the Nautilus Manifesto for the UK election 2019 for safeguarding the British maritime sector in terms of UK seafarers, British shipping, maritime safety and defense. Nautilus stresses that “if the UK is to retain a shipping industry that sustains the country’s global trading requirements and underpins the nation’s continued global lead as a maritime services center, much more needs to be done,” adding that “Britain needs ships and seafarers – perhaps more now than ever before. We live in a complex global economy and maritime trade is of fundamental importance.”

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.

Addressing harassment in the workplace

Bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, is an abuse of human rights and a key area of concern for the working environment, especially onboard ships where there is limited alternative for someone to avoid it. This aspect of abuse is particularly important for women, as it is considered one of the reasons keeping them away from a shipping career.

Internet access crucial for seafarers

According to a survey by Danica, a crewing company, shipping companies should be consider that it is not only salary levels that determine which employer a seafarer chooses. Instead, peripheral benefits are playing an important role in attracting and keeping senior staff, as well. Among these, the most important is access to the internet, followed by medical insurance, pensions and paid certification.

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