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Through a partnership with the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), a new self help guide has been launched to provide seafarers with guidance on how to best enhance their emotional well being despite many challenges they face in their lives at sea.
This guide is the first of a series of books titled ‘Good Mental Health Guide For Seafarers’ which is accessible to apiring seamen who are undergoing offshore safety training in the philippines as well as to seasoned seafarers.
It contains skills, exercises and coping strategies to help seafarers deal with their emotions when they experience stress or sadness, including a useful guide on using mindfulness in dealing with situations. Furthermore, evidence from the field of positive psychology are brought together to help seafarers recognize critical elements of their mental well being, as well as provide practical tips that they can apply while at sea.
This guide has been produced by Dr. Pennie Blackburn, a consultant clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the effects of complex trauma, particularly survivors of war, political violence and torture, and sponsored by the Shipowners’ Club, who helped establish ISWAN to extend its Good Mental Health Guide for Seafarers. The handbook compliments Seafarer Help which is a free, 24/7 multilingual helpline from ISWAN.