Mental Health Awareness Training for the Maritime Industry
There is an increasing awareness in the maritime industry of mental health and the impact of the unique challenges faced by seafarers. Recent guidelines issued to shipping companies highlight the importance of mental health awareness and encourage training in recognising signs and managing supportive conversations.
Who is our training for?
Our one-day training course provides an introduction to mental health awareness for management-level personnel on shore and on board ships in understanding mental health, recognising the signs of mental health problems and how to respond to concerns. It is also suitable for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of mental health at sea and how to support crew, including seafarers and those that support them.
What are the aims?
Through a mix of discussions, presentations and practical activities in pairs and small groups, this course aims to:
Raise awareness of mental health and the impact of stigma
Increase understanding of common mental health problems and their causes
Understand how mental health might be affected by working at sea
Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems
Build skills and confidence in knowing when to act and how to support someone whilst at sea
Why is our training different?
This training is designed specifically to address mental health at sea - it adapts best practice for mental health awareness, early recognition and response for a seafaring context. Offered by ISWAN, this training is designed by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and is grounded in evidence and best practice in the field of mental health. The course draws on the extensive experience of ISWAN and SeafarerHelp around the issues affecting seafarers and the challenges of supporting people at sea.