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#LIFEONBOARD - New Yacht Crew Helpline & Maritime Mental Health Awareness Training - NOW ONLINE

Caroline Blatter

Could you tell if a crew member needed help? Would you know what to do?

The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has adapted its Mental Health Awareness Training for the Maritime Industry to be delivered online, the first dates for December are now available.

Suitable for management-level personnel on shore and on board ships and yachts, this live, interactive group training session will be delivered over the course of two half-days by Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr. Pennie Blackburn.
The course provides an introduction to mental health awareness - in understanding mental health, recognising the signs of mental health problems and first response to concerns that can arise on board. 

When is it and what is covered?

15th December, 09:30-12:30 – Module 1: Introduction to Mental Health (required prior to Module 2) 

16th December, 09:30-13:30 – Module 2: Recognising Signs and First Response 

The course costs £125 per participant and includes a detailed participant manual and certificate of attendance.
A 25% discount is available as an introductory offer for ISWAN members – please contact ISWAN for more information.

All profits from this training will go directly towards the operating costs of ISWAN’s charitable services, which have experienced an unprecedented increase in demand this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more and book your place here:

What others have said about this training:

"One of the best online training!"

"The benefit of Dr. Blackburn’s experience and applicable statistical evidence made the course very specific to the seafaring situation, which is difficult to find elsewhere"

"I thought the training was really beneficial to everyone involved, regardless of their rank or role in the company. The interactive sessions made the experience more engaging and interesting to participate in’"

New 24 -hour Helpline Launched for professional Yacht Crew

Professional yacht crew anywhere in the world are now able to access 24-hour support via Yacht Crew Help, a new helpline launched by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).

Yacht Crew Help is a free, confidential, multilingual helpline for professional yacht crew.

Whatever problem someone is facing, wherever they are in the world, Yacht Crew Help will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide guidance and support.

The helpline officers are trained in counselling skills, suicide risk assessment and providing emotional support to crew all over the world, and the team is connected with a wide range of organisations to help yacht crew find further support

Crew members, whether they are currently on board or ashore, can currently contact Yacht Crew Help via three different contact methods:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 3713 7273 (a call back can be requested via the Yacht Crew Help website)
Live Chat:

A range of information, guidance and resources on issues affecting yacht crew is available on the Yacht Crew Help website, including mental health and wellbeing, bullying and harassment, sexual assault, substance misuse and employment concerns.

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