Wellness at Sea

Leading your crews’ wellbeing

At Sailors’ Society, we’re here for seafarers when life gets tough; and the past year has been one of the toughest yet. The global pandemic, and the resulting crew change crisis, have made the challenges seafarers were already facing far, far worse: loneliness, depression, money worries, stress, exhaustion, relationship breakdown – the list goes on.

Our Wellness at Sea programme gives seafarers the tools to manage these issues before they turn into a crisis. Using our unique Circle of Care approach, we support their wellbeing across every area of their lives and careers, giving them the best opportunity to enjoy a fulfilling - and productive - career at sea.

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Our pioneering training and support programme is the most comprehensive and long-running in the maritime industry, combining our 200 years of maritime welfare experience with psychological expertise to empower seafarers at all ranks to look after their own and others’ wellbeing.

The programme is available in different formats, some for individuals and some for organisations that want to better support the wellbeing of their crews and their families, as well as shore-based staff.

Of course, not all problems are preventable, so we’ve also adapted our traditional chaplaincy to ensure we’re there when seafarers need our help, whether it’s face-to-face in port, on WhatsApp or through our global helpline.

We also offer companies a free introduction to seafarer wellbeing through our Wellness at Sea Awareness Campaign, which can be rolled out to crews over 27 weeks. We’ve recently expanded this programme to include some of the closest people to seafarers: their families and shore staff, extending support to them and helping them to understand each other better.

We provide you with a variety of Awareness Campaign materials, branded with your company logo, including posters, wellness videos, podcasts and activity goals.

FEWER SEAFARERS WHO HAD TAKEN PART IN WELLNESS AT SEA FELT WORRIED OR ANXIOUS AT WORK

FEWER SEAFARERS WHO HAD TAKEN PART IN WELLNESS AT SEA FELT SAD AT WORK

FEWER SEAFARERS WHO HAD TAKEN PART IN WELLNESS AT SEA AGREED WITH THE STATEMENT “I WOULD BE EMBARRASSED IF A PERSON IN MY FAMILY BECAME MENTALLY ILL”*

EXPLORE THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOU

Get in touch with our Wellness at Sea team to find out how we can tailor our programme to suit your company.

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On board with our wellness awareness campaign

“If I had to give one explanation of how Seaspan has got through the pandemic so far, it is that our crews have been resilient – and that has been possible because they know that there is a Wellness at Sea programme that supports their needs.”

Torsten Holst Pedersen, COO, Seaspan Ship Management Ltd

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* Compared to seafarers who had not taken part in any wellness training or support programme. Findings from a PHD research project in psychology from Rhodes University in South Africa, investigating the mental health of seafarers.

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