For more than 70 years the World Health Organisation has been working towards placing mental health on a par with physical health, with the 10th October set aside every year to recognise the issue.
Mental Health Support Solutions’ (MHSS) own philosophy aligns perfectly with this year’s theme to ‘Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’. The company has been working with mariners across the industry, both onboard and on shore, giving them the knowledge and tools to return to good mental health and to stay there.
Mental Health Support Solutions was set up to provide support services exclusively to the maritime sector. The team offers individual psychological consultations for seafarers needing support for themselves or their crew in addition to a 24/7 helpline, staff training in psychological first aid and a range of other services designed to support individuals and the companies they work in.
Charles Watkins, CEO and Founder of MHSS, said: “Mental health and wellbeing have been neglected by the shipping industry in the past but it is gratifying to see things are beginning to change. People are gaining confidence to speak up about their challenges as attitudes towards mental welfare are softening.
“The more we can raise awareness of this potentially life-threatening issue, the better it will be for the entire industry and days such as World Mental Health Day go a long way towards making our aspirations for physical and mental health parity a reality.”