Day of the Seafarer 2020 Highlights Wellbeing Help Available to Seafarers
Help is available to seafarers whose mental wellbeing has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s the message from the ITF Seafarers’ Trust on the tenth Day of the Seafarer.
Through a joint initiative the two organisations are reaching out to seafarers to highlight the support available via affiliate unions around the world.
Seafarers have described many of these resources as ‘a lifeline’ during the pandemic and the social media campaign aims to ensure as many of them as possible know where to find the support they need, either online or locally to where they are.
A joint university-union project in Turkey to allow seafarers and their families support to manage trauma brought on by the crisis and a dedicated online counselling service for seafarers in Iran, are just two of the many union-led services the campaign will be highlighting. Many of the projects have been able to be started or developed thanks to grants from the ITF Seafarers’ Trust Covid-19 Emergency Fund.
ITF Seafarers’ Trust Chair Dave Heindel said: “From extended periods at sea to unpaid wages, isolation on board ship to trouble getting access to basic medical care, there are thousands of seafarers around the world whose mental wellbeing has potentially been impacted by this crisis. Our aim is to make sure they know where to get the support they need and to say – please use what’s available and don’t be worried about reaching out.”
Head of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, Katie Higginbottom said “Seafarers’ are key workers. And their welfare is our number one priority. Not just today, but every day.”
Seafarers are being encouraged to reflect on the potential impact on their mental wellbeing of the many practical and emotional elements of the pandemic, to recognise that they may need support and then to reach out to the services available.
Resources will be signposted on ITF and Trust social media channels, highlighting where seafarers will find information about the services that are right for them. Access the social media sites: ITF Seafarers Support Facebook, ITF Wellbeing Facebook Seafarers Trust Facebook, Seafarers Trust Twitter, ITF Seafarers Support Instagram, Seafarers Trust Instagram