Sailors’ Society invites seafarers to shape the future of wellness at sea

Charity, Health and Safety, Safety and Security — By on May 3, 2017 at 1:03 PM

Global maritime charity Sailors’ Society is inviting working seafarers to participate in an anonymous survey exploring seafarer wellness and the root causes of illness. Photo credit: Roger Harris /Sailors’ Society.

Global maritime charity Sailors’ Society is inviting working seafarers to participate in a survey exploring seafarer wellness and the root causes of illness and injury.

Conducted by Yale University, the research study will look at seafarer health relating to the work environment and job tasks.

Sailors’ Society supports seafarers and their families around the world in times of need. The results of the anonymous survey will be used to inform Sailors’ Society’s work supporting good health.

Sandra Welch, Sailors’ Society’s deputy CEO and director of programme, said: “Positive mental and physical health is vital to maintaining a rewarding and secure working life on board.

“Sailors’ Society wants to continue to provide the best support possible and we would be grateful if working seafarers could take a few minutes out of their day to complete the survey. We’ll use the results to further our understanding of the issues that can arise and help us to improve our welfare services for the hundreds of thousands of seafarers that we reach out to each year.”

The survey can be completed in confidence and can be accessed at: www.sailors-society.org/survey.

The research study forms part of Sailors’ Society’s wider Wellness at Sea programme, which promotes on board health and well-being.

Other elements of the Wellness at Sea programme include a coaching course and a free app for seafarers. Sailors’ Society will also be launching an e-learning platform to make the Wellness at Sea coaching programme accessible to a wider audience. For more information visit: www.sailors-society.org/wellness   

About Sailors’ Society

Sailors’ Society aims to transform the lives of seafarers and their families at home, in port and at sea through the delivery of chaplaincy, education and the relief of poverty and distress.

The charity works internationally to provide practical, emotional and spiritual welfare support to the world’s 1.6m seafarers, regardless of background or faith. Sailors’ Society chaplains and ship visitors have a presence in 91 global ports, with wider projects and services covering 27 countries.

For more information please visit www.sailors-society.org , or contact Charis Gibson or James Leslie on 023 8051 5950 orpress@sailors-society.org .

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