training firm Tapiit Live will launch a new seafarer mental health training
course delivered live to both onshore and offshore, especially for seafarers
left stranded onboard vessels due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
First live training course on the eve of World Mental Health Day on 10
seafarer mental health live training course will be launched on the eve of World Mental Health Day on 10
The sessions will
be the first-ever mental health courses to be live-steamed both onshore and
offshore. The vessel-based training is being made possible thanks to Tapiit
Live’s new deal with satcoms provider Inmarsat which enables live-stream
training to nearly 10,000 ships. In addition, the courses will be live-streamed
onshore direct to companies training facilities and seafarers homes.
live in cramped conditions, which we know can impact on mental wellbeing, so
the main point of the course is to get people out of their cabins and into mess
rooms where they can interact,” said Richard Turner, ceo of Tapiit Live.
While e-learning is effective, live-streaming is better
classroom style learning and while e-learning is effective, live-streaming is
better as it ensures seafarers can actively engage with the tutor in real time
or via private chat,” Turner explained.
‘Mental Wellbeing at Sea at Times of Uncertainty’
The new training
package is titled ‘Mental Wellbeing at Sea at Times of Uncertainty’, with the
one-hour course touching on welfare of those onboard, including three minutes
of breathing space techniques for dealing with anxiety.
The course will be
conducted by Dr Glynn-Williams, who will remain online for a further one hour
after the class has ended so that seafarers can approach her individually if
they wish to.
Dr Glynn-Williams to refer
individuals to a network of further mental health assistance if needed
While the course
is not intended as a clinical session, Dr Glynn-Williams will be able to refer
individuals to a network of further mental health assistance should she feel it
“Seafarers are a
very resilient community and mental health was rarely talked about during my
seafaring career. As a cadet manager for a number of years, I lost a number of
cadets to suicide, which stemmed from not talking and communication completely
shutting down,” recalled Lee Clarke, project manager of Tapiit Live.
These people are the pillar of our communities
“We want to break
down these barriers, which is a massive step for seafarers, and it’s been
reassuring to see them embrace this already. .. These people are the pillar of
our communities, delivering everything so that we can fill our cars with petrol
or go into Tesco and get our groceries while we’ve been at home in isolation,
so it’s hugely important that we concentrate on their wellbeing,” Clarke said.
According to IMO
estimates, there are as many as 300,000 seafarers each month requiring
international flights to enable crew changeovers. Additionally, around 70,000
cruise ships staff are currently waiting for repatriation.
One out of five seafarers had thought of self-harm
organisation Human Rights at Sea said seafarers face isolation, sleep
disruption, exhaustion, as a recent survey revealed that one out of five
seafarers had thought of self-harm.