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Free seafarer mental health course launched

KVH Videotel has introduced a new training package titled Seafarers Mental Health and Wellbeing, produced in association with the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), which will be made available free of charge throughout the industry.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The programme comprises a short video, facilitator notes, and information booklets from ISWAN on mental health issues at sea.

“Seafarers face unique working conditions which can put them under tremendous stress, with fewer opportunities for relief than they would be likely to find on land,” said Mark Woodhead, KVH senior vice president for EMEA.

“This programme not only presents information from industry experts but also lets seafarers themselves tell their own story in interviews and short statements, describing the path to achieving happiness.”

The training package focuses on what seafarers can do to cope with the challenges of working at sea, but also how to take advantage of the many opportunities on board. It underlines the importance of rest, diet, team activities, and maintaining good relationships.

While talking to a trusted person onboard ship may help with these issues, the course also points to the help available outside the ship, such as the 24/7 multilingual helpline and chat service at SeafarerHelp.org, as well as the work of port-based organisations such as Mission to Seafarers.{/mprestriction}

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