IMO’s Day of the Seafarer on the 25th of June, takes place during Seafarer Awareness Week and this year it will address issues of seafarers’ wellbeing and in particular their mental health.
In recent years seafarer’s mental health has been a growing topic of conversation which is now frequently talked about in the industry.
By addressing seafarer wellbeing and mental health, this campaign aims to inform specific strategies to tackle stress and other issues affecting seafarers’ mental conditions and make the tools available more widely known.
The campaign overall will seek to highlight and showcase best practises and good examples but also, inevitably, bring out areas of concern and examples of shortcomings.
As with previous campaigns The Day of the Seafarer 2018, will be centred on social media. This year’s hashtags will be:
- #SupportSeafarersWellbeing – which is to be used by shipping companies and others within the industry, to show how they provide a decent working environment for seafarers and how they address mental health issues among their seagoing staff.
- #GoodDayatSea – This hashtag can be used by the public, to wish them a good day at sea. The hashtag will also be used to encourage seafarers to share photos of themselves in a positive work environment, by completing the phrase “#GoodDayatSea looks like…”
At the core of the campaign IMO will make an online survey available to collect seafarers’ feedback on knowing their rights and if they feel those rights are being implemented into their operational reality.
IMO will also promote good initiatives and mental health developed by maritime stakeholders to ensure higher standards of welfare as well as highlight what they are doing to improve conditions for seafarers regarding issues related to seafarers’ wellbeing, such as the following:
- Shore leave
- Mental health
- No criminalisation
- Resources available to Positive Mental Health
- MLC convention