What is the yachting industry doing to help?
Maritime UK (an umbrella organisation set up four years ago to speak for the whole UK maritime industry) created a pledge that aims to foster a positive attitude to mental health issues at sea and to remove the stigma often associated with these problems.
MYBA, the worldwide yachting association has signed the pledge, and all other organisations who sign it are promising to take active steps to promote mental health awareness.
There has been a growing realisation in recent years of the particular problems that seafarers can face in the confined environment of a ship for an extended period, with increased work pressures and long hours.
At Bluewater, our HELM facilitators will confirm this from the many in-class discussions over the last 5 years.
Mental health may well be included in the HELM syllabus during the current review being undertaken by the Merchant Navy Training Board. It is also actively being discussed at the IMO.
Don’t suffer in silence and remember that you are not alone. Contact the helplines listed above and please do share this with your fellow crew, as you don’t always know when someone is in need.
Please contact us
for more details and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction if you would like help or advice or if you would like to get involved.