Seafarers' Mental Health: Free Online Resources I SafeMetrix
Seafarers’ Well-Being: Free Resources to Help you Feel Better
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Seafarers’ Well-Being: Free Resources to Help you Feel Better

We believe that seafarers’ mental health and well-being is critical. That’s why we created a list of free online resources from various organizations to help you cope with the current challenges surrounding the industry.

1. Support for seafarers by Sailors Society

Sailors’ Society is a personal lifeline for seafarers both onboard and ashore. This global network offers practical, emotional, spiritual, wellness and crisis support. They have recently expanded their support service by providing seafarers and their families with an emergency COVID-19 helpline which is entirely confidential and available 24/7. 

Sailors Society Website

2. Supporting the welfare of seafarers - ISWAN

The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) works to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world. One of the direct welfare services they provide to seafarers is their 24-hour, multilingual helpline SeafarerHelp

The International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN)

3. How to Cope with Coronavirus - Podcast

Listen to a 13-minute podcast by Sailors Society, titled “How to cope with Coronavirus” to get lots of practical advice on how to manage your mental and emotional well-being throughout this crisis. In this podcast, you will learn how to look after your body and mind to beat fear and anxiety.

4. Wellness at Sea Relaxation - Podcast

Life at sea can be difficult and challenging: you are away from your loved ones, you might not have someone to talk to, or you are just tired. This 8-minute podcast contains short relaxation exercises to help you cope with a crisis on board and calm your mind down.

5. Psychological first aid tips Poster

Prompted by the recent tragedies involving crew members onboard cruise vessels, International Seafarers’​ Welfare & Assistance Network – ISWAN, has produced a poster with Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Pennie Blackburn – Psychological First Aid. The poster offers psychological first aid tips to help seafarers identify and cope with signs of stress in themselves and others. 

Psychological first aid tip for seafarers.j

6. Good Mental Health - Infographics

There are some simple steps seafarers can take to take care of their mental health while on board. 

7. Fitness Onboard Merchant Ships - Guidelines

Sport contributes to a general sense of physical, psychological and social well-being. These guidelines, created in partnership by ShipOwners and ISWAN designed to help the management of the vessel to facilitate and promote fitness activities. 

8. The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong - TEDx Talks

Everyone can build mental strength, but most people don’t know how to do it. In her TEDx Talks, Amy Morin (a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist) shares the best strategies for overcoming adversity and building mental muscle.

9. Restoring Wellbeing During Challenging Times Onboard - Webinar

In collaboration with Christina O’Neill (Senior Training Consultant), SafeMetrix hosted a wellbeing webinar for seafarers which is now available on-demand. After watching this webinar, seafarers receive a digital certificate of attendance.

  • Understand the roles of your emotions and how to manage them to activate the wellbeing state onboard
  • Learn about the creative power of your thoughts and how to transform them into real-life experiences
  • Learn how to empower yourself to create wellbeing from within