Isolation whilst at sea and worrying about family at home can both be very stressful. Unfortunately the Covid 19 pandemic brings the two issues together with crew naturally worried about what is happening out in the wider world, particularly in relation to all family and friends, whilst being in quite an isolated situation on board. Social distancing measures mean it is not possible to go ashore or even have contact with visitors to the vessel. Further, it is quite likely that the period on board is longer than anticipated as the closing of borders makes repatriation almost impossible.
In these difficult times maintaining mental welfare is increasingly difficult but is especially important.
Materials on this website may assist in finding the support you, or your colleagues on board, might need, or else remember that Mind Call is there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- ISWAN - Managing your mental health amid COVID-19
- Nautical Institute - links and guidance for seafarers
- Sailors Society - guidance on coronavirus
- World Health Organisation information - coronavirus
- Free Bimco posters to help protect seafarers and visitors on board ships