A Wellness at Sea awareness project for seafarers, their families and shoreside staff has been expanded by maritime charity Sailors' Society, with support from the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB).
MNWB CEO Stuart Rivers praised the resource, saying the refreshed project now offered a plethora of support to seafarer families and those ashore to help see them through the cost-of-living crisis.
'Mental health and wellbeing are the biggest challenges seafarers face and, as an industry, we need to keep working with new initiatives like this to help break down the barriers, so seafarers are able to talk.'
The resource is available to shipping companies. More than 70 organisations have used it over the past two years, but it was recently expanded with new material, podcasts and videos thanks to funding support from the MNWB. Nine modules cover everything from physical and mental wellness to financial concerns and everyday fears such as piracy, with signposts to all the other support services the Society offers.