Social Isolation, Depression and Suicide Workshop

The Social Isolation, Depression and Suicide Workshop (SIDS) took place on the 10th & 11th of October 2016 at the ITF Headquarters in London.

The objectives of the workshop were:

•To identify gaps in the knowledge base and recommend how they can best
be filled by review of evidence, research projects or evaluation of pilot
intervention projects.
• To indicate which well‐validated current health promotion and suicide
prevention practices used in other settings could be applicable to
• To propose criteria for setting priorities for research projects and
interventions aimed at preventing social isolation, depression and suicide
of seafarers.
• To recommend approaches to the development and delivery of priority
• To advise on how best to build methods for the evaluation of effectiveness
into interventions.
• To assist with the preparation of a booklet summarising discussions and
recommending a set of actions that can form the basis for a strategic
approach to seafarer social isolation, depression and suicide prevention
and mental health promotion

The main topics of discussion were:

  1. Workshop objectives
  2. Insights from other industries
  3. Creating Communities
  4. Social Isolation, Depression and Suicide (SIDS) at sea
  5. Social Isolation, Depression and Suicide  (SIDS) & Environment
  6. Taking action to overcome Social Isolation, Depression and Suicide (SIDS) for seafarers
  7. Workshop focus areas
  8. Stakeholder mapping exercise

“Social isolation is a state of separation from others, which is
often involuntary and experienced negatively. It is one form of
the psychological state of alienation and can cause feelings of
boredom, marginality, exclusion, anger, despair, sadness,
frustration and especially; loneliness”.
Biodri, Diana Luskin & Nicholas R. Nicholson (2013) ‘Social isolation’, in Chronic Illness: Impact and
Intervention, Ilene Morof Lubkin & Pamala D. Larsen (eds.). Burlington (MA): Jones & Bartlett Learning.


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