The latest wave of Covid in crew supply countries is threatening another crew change crisis, with many ports already closing to seafarers from India. The impact this is having on crew mental health is throwing a huge shadow over the shipping industry – but if we act now, we can stop it from turning into a catastrophe.
More than 50 companies are already getting on board by joining our free 27-week Wellness at Sea awareness programme, which started this week.
They’ll be sharing our free wellness information and resources on mental health with their crews, and raising awareness of our helplines, where seafarers can receive free advice and support.
We are pledging to make our new Wellness at Sea e-learning platform – due to launch later this year – available for free to all seafarers around the globe in response to the pandemic.
Sailors Society CEO, Sara Baade, says:
“Seafaring was already one of the most challenging jobs in the world, and now the Covid crew change crisis has added even more intense pressure on our crews. They are exhausted and anxious – they either face months of uncertainty at sea or the fear of being unable to work and provide for their families.
“It’s a mental health time bomb for the industry, which relies on their labour to keep our global economy moving.
“With our new Wellness at Sea e-learning platform and awareness programme available for free, there is nothing stopping companies from getting on board to protect their crews’ mental health.”
So get on board our Wellness at Sea campaign making crew wellbeing a priority – and help us turn the tide on the mental health pandemic at sea.
To find out more about how your organisation can get on board and take advantage of the free Wellness at Sea resources, contact Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea programme manager Johan Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 82 772 1814.