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Unions and shipping body launch guide on seafarers’ mental welfare

8 June 2018

The UK Chamber of Shipping and the unions Nautilus International and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) have agreed new guidelines to aid shipping companies to develop policies on the mental well-being of seafarers. Statistics for the UK show that one in six adults experience mental health problems at any given time. The guidance points out that mental health issues for seafarers can be worsened by the separation from family and feelings of isolation.

The Chamber and the unions recommend that shipping companies draw up, agree, and adopt policies on mental health awareness that are in line with the guidelines. The guidelines cover: developing and promoting a policy; advice on what companies can do to support seafarers experiencing mental health issues; staff training to recognise the signs of mental ill health and provide support; how companies can assist and treat employees experiencing issues; the role of medical assistance; and guidance on how companies can monitor the well-being and needs of its employees.


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