News: Supporting and celebrating seafarers through the festive season
01 December 2020
Under the hashtag #SeafarersDeliveringChristmas, the shipping industry has come together to develop a range of initiatives to show our appreciation and support to seafarers, who continue to deliver good across the globe, under unprecedented, difficult circumstances.
Seafarer Wellbeing has been a focal topic for Standard Club's Loss Prevention team in recent years, even more so during this pandemic. As we approach the festive season, we take this opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health education, awareness, and the support available for seafarers and their families, whether they are at sea or on shore.
International and regional helplines are available for seafarers wishing to talk to someone wherever they are in the world. Some of which are detailed below.
||24/7 multilingual and confidential helpline for seafarers’ and their families - emotional support and practical help
||24/7 multilingual help available to Nautilus members
||24/7 psychological support for Indian seafarers and their family
||24/7 psychological support for Filipino seafarers and their family +63 2 3310 6641 +63 2 8527 8116 to 20 (local2061)
||British seafarers – help with benefits, debt and housing
||Central source of information on maritime charities support for seafarers and their families
|Seafarer Hospital Society
||24/7 online confidential advice and support service for all working and retired seafarers and families for seafarers in the UK
|Mission to Seafarers Chat to a Chaplain
||24/7 MtS & ICMA chaplains available to talk
|Sailors Society Wellness at Sea
||Emergency COVID-19 helpline
|Sailors Society India
||Helpline for Indian seafarers and their families
||24/7 online service to chat with a DSM chaplain
|Danish Seaman's Church
||Chaplains available for a chat
||To call Catholic chaplains worldwide for a chat
A round-up of our recent work focused on seafarer wellbeing is offered below, but can also be found on our dedicated Seafarer Wellbeing page.
Standard Safety: Seafarer Wellbeing (October 2018) – a special edition Standard Safety publication was released, focusing on seafarer wellbeing as a holistic concept combining physical, mental and social wellbeing. This publication offers advice, key knowledge and tips to look after your wellbeing, and is perhaps as relevent today as it was when released.
1. Seafarer Wellbeing Poster Campaign
Four pairs of posters focus on the topics considered to have the biggest impact on seafarer wellbeing – healthy eating, fitness, mental wellbeing, and socialisation. Designed to grace the walls onboard ships, print and share with your crew and access more information by scanning the QR code.
2. Health and Wellbeing sponsor of The Sea Newspaper
As part of our continued efforts to promote seafarer wellbeing and to reach out to seafarers directly, the club is the proud sponsor of The Mission to Seafarer’s The Sea newspaper.
3. Commitment to Health Echoes section of Offing Echoes magazine
Aligning with the club’s vision of doing our part for the maritime industry in generating awareness on the importance of seafarer wellbeing is Offing Echoes, a magazine aimed at Indian marine cadets.
We recently hosted a webinar series focused on seafarer wellbeing in which we, alongside ISWAN, the Mission to Seafarers, and Captain Artur Olbromski, discussed issues seafarers and the maritime industry as a whole are currently facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing expereinces and supportive advice. Recordings of our 'Seafarer Wellbeing series' are available to watch on our Youtube Channel.