International Seafarers'
Welfare and Assistance Network

PRESS RELEASE: ISWAN to address seafarers’ mental wellbeing at upcoming seminar in Mumbai


Representatives from across the maritime industry are invited to join the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) for its annual seminar, which will take place in Mumbai this year.

The theme for the seminar, to be held on Tuesday 19 November 2019, will be 'Working together to protect and promote the mental wellbeing of seafarers'. There is increasing awareness of the issue of seafarers’ mental wellbeing in the maritime industry, but many companies, organisations and individuals are still unsure what to do and who to turn to. ISWAN’s 2019 Seminar will invite international speakers to provide signposts and practical solutions to all those who are concerned about this issue and want to do something about it.

Presentations by the speakers will be followed by panel discussions and Q&A sessions to give delegates the opportunity to participate and share their thoughts. The seminar will explore topics including: the impact of working at sea on seafarers’ mental wellbeing; learning from other sectors such as the construction industry; social isolation and minorities on board; working together and sharing best practices; and establishing what organisations, companies and governments can do.

Attendance is free and all are welcome. The seminar will be held at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel in Mumbai, India.

To see the full agenda and register for the seminar, please click here.

ISWAN would like to thank our sponsors, Scorpio Group and Dynacom, for supporting this event. To find out more about the seminar or enquire about sponsorship, please contact Chirag Bahri: or Caitlin Vaughan:



International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN): A charity and membership organisation which works to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world. The free, 24-hour, multilingual helpline, SeafarerHelp, is one of the direct welfare services that ISWAN provides to seafarers. Others include relief funds for seafarers and their family members in need and a range of health information resources. ISWAN works with companies, unions, governments, welfare organisations and ports for the implementation of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. ISWAN supports those who establish and provide welfare facilities and services in port and on ships. ISWAN is funded by membership subscriptions, grants from foundations, sponsorship and earned income. For more information, visit

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