MHSS is increasingly concerned that some seafarers may not be getting the right level of support they need during this difficult time and that separation from loved ones over the festive season, on top of COVID-19 fears, the crew crisis, family anxieties and many other concerns and worries, may be too much for some of them to bear.
Christian Ayerst, MHSS CEO, said: “The festive season is known for being one of the hardest times of the year for those away from loved ones. We are aware of the hardship seafarers have taken on during this very difficult year and we want to offer them our support. MHSS is therefore, keen to offer them free access to all its services which include one to one therapy as well as a confidential 24/7 mental health hotline run by clinical psychologists. Our team of experts is on hand to support them during this difficult time.”
Charles Watkins, clinical psychologist and managing director at MHSS, added: “Mental health is such a complicated subject matter because everyone has their own unique set of circumstances and concerns. Each case is different and requires a personal and considered approach. This year has been damaging to seafarers’ mental health and we felt it vital that we step up and support them. We do not want seafarers struggling more than necessary over the festive season. Offering our services over this period is the least we can do for them.”
Mr Ayerst concluded: “Seafarers have given so much to everyone throughout the pandemic. We want them to know that we’re here to support them during challenging times too.”
To gain free access to MHSS’ services to provide mental health guidance to seafarers and shore-based staff, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org