Seafarer survey takes the pulse of wellness at sea

New 24/7 mental health support services launched

Seafarers have been invited to help with a research project investigating the causes of illness and injuries at sea as part of a programme to improve welfare support services globally.

The project is being undertaken by the maritime charity Sailors’ Society in association with Yale University and will look at the way in which factors such as job tasks and the work environment impact on the wellbeing of crew.

The results of the anonymous survey will be used to further develop the Society’s existing Wellness at Sea programme of health initiatives.

Deputy chief executive officer and director of programme Sandra Welch explained: ‘Positive mental and physical health is vital to maintaining a rewarding and secure working life onboard.

‘Sailors’ Society wants to continue to provide the best support possible and we would be grateful if working seafarers could take a few minutes out of their day to complete the survey. We’ll use the results to further our understanding of the issues that can arise and help us to improve our welfare services for the hundreds of thousands of seafarers that we reach out to each year.’

Nautilus professional and technical officer David Appleton added: ‘Seafarers continue to be subjected to working and living conditions that would not be acceptable in any other industry. We applaud the initiative taken by the society and encourage members to take part so that they may improve the already excellent service they provide to seafarers worldwide.  Ultimately, prevention is better than cure, of course, and it is about time ship owners woke up to the reality of the damage, both physical and mental that they continue to inflict on their employees.’

Thursday, May 11, 2017