ISWAN launches video for seafarers to help manage mental health during Covid-19 pandemic

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The International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has launched a new video aimed at seafarers, onboard, or ashore. The video features Dr Kate Thompson, a counselling psychologist, providing advice to seafarers who are affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. With seafarers unable to leave vessels for crew changes or unable to travel back to their home countries, the video provides information on how they can cope in the current crisis. Now with the virus affecting the labour supply countries, seafarers are also, understandably, anxious about their family and loved ones back home.

Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN, said: “We are receiving a lot of calls on our SeafarerHelp helpline so we decided to produce this video to help allay some of the anxieties of seafarers onboard and ashore. We hope that the video will be shared widely around the world.”

The video can be viewed on You Tube at

The video is also available on the ISWAN pages/feeds on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Instagram.

International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is a charity and membership organisation which works to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world. The free, 24-hour, multilingual helpline, SeafarerHelp, is one of the direct welfare services that ISWAN provides to seafarers. To find out more, visit the SeafarerHelp website: Others include relief funds for seafarers and their family members in need and a range of health information resources. ISWAN works with companies, unions, governments, welfare organisations and ports for the implementation of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. ISWAN supports those who establish and provide welfare facilities and services in port and on ships. ISWAN is funded by membership subscriptions, grants from foundations, sponsorship and earned income. For more information, e-mail or visit