International Seafarers'
Welfare and Assistance Network

PRESS RELEASE: New Mental Health Awareness Training for the Maritime Industry


A new training course will provide management-level personnel on shore and on board ships with an introduction to mental health awareness.

The one-day course, provided by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), is also suitable for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of mental health at sea and how to support crew, including seafarers and those who support them. Delegates can expect to gain a better understanding of mental health and build the skills and confidence needed to recognise the signs of mental health problems and respond to concerns.

There is an increasing awareness in the maritime industry of mental health and the impact of the unique challenges faced by seafarers. Recent guidelines issued to shipping companies highlight the importance of mental health awareness and encourage training in recognising signs and managing supportive conversations.

ISWAN’s training is designed specifically to address mental health at sea – it adapts best practice for mental health awareness, early recognition and response for a seafaring context. The training is designed by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and is grounded in evidence and best practice in the field of mental health.

ISWAN has previously published a series of Good Mental Health Guides for Seafarers and worked with KVH Videotel on a free training package for crew entitled Seafarers' Mental Health and Wellbeing. This new training course aims to help companies do their part for seafarers’ mental health, drawing on the extensive experience of ISWAN and ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp around the issues affecting seafarers and the challenges of supporting people at sea.

The course will take place on Monday 24 June 2019 at INTERTANKO in London. Places are available at a one-off rate in order to introduce the course and demonstrate the benefits for companies. To book a place, please register here:

For more information, please visit



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

Please contact Caitlin Vaughan for further information about the course:

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