(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Anxieties about how worrying events may evolve can affect the wellbeing of seafarers. Unpleasant thoughts and feelings can escalate quickly, making it difficult for those on board to find the energy to follow their daily routine and to concentrate on their work tasks.
Although seafarers access news and hear stories from home, they may feel disconnected and unable to engage. The resulting impact on their mental wellness and welfare should not be ignored.
If left undetected, or if seafarers do not have the opportunity to process these thoughts and feelings, or have not had the opportunity to develop coping strategies, they can become overwhelmed and potentially suffer from depression or psychosis.
This pandemic has highlighted a need for more guidance on how to manage crew welfare and mental wellness management. INTERTANKOâs Human Element in Shipping Committee (HEiSC) prepared these recommendations, which are written with crewing managers and shore-side staff in mind.
This guidance includes advice on helping seafarers to deal with emotional stress and overcome negative feelings. While this guidance has been written during the Covid-19 global pandemic, the key principles are applicable at any time.
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