Mental Health Basic for Office Staff & DPA's

A career at sea is an attractive prospect in many countries; however, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous. Seafarers work in challenging physical and social environments whilst on-board and may face social isolation, anxiety, fatigue and stress. The shipping Industry openly talks about some of the physical challenges of working at sea, but mental health and wellbeing are, in the main were avoided. In the meantime seafarers’ mental health plays a key role in both the well-being of an individual and also the overall group culture, group morale, job performance, team cohesiveness, and team performance. When mental health on board is compromised seafarers and companies will face with dire consequences such as an increased risk for accidents, decreased alertness, poor performance, and hazy decision making, which eventually may lead to incidents, casualties and huge economic losses. Overall, mental health is a social issue, and given the extended time and restricted conditions of persons living onboard, it can impact everyone.

Courses Duration Participants Language
1 day 12 prs Eng / Ukr
1 day 12 prs English
1 day 12 prs English
1 day 12 prs English
1 day 12 prs Eng / Id
1 day 12 prs English
1 day 12 prs English

Why good mental health on board is so important?

To save money - good mental health practices in Maritime Industry can help to reduce incidents and huge economic losses.
Creates reputation of a socially reliable company including by showing a legal duty of care to seafarers and office personnel.
Helps to break the social stigma of mental health - this not only supports your seafarers and office staff but can lead to early interventions thus preventing conflicts and even suicides.
Resilience - Building a resilient crew and office team outside the time of a crisis can help during a difficult time or when crisis hits.


The training programme is promoting essentials of wellbeing at sea, and overall knowledge on the of mental health. It is interactive and includes: e-version of supplementing materials, videos, educational role-plays & intervention techniques.


1. What is Mental Health and Mental disorders

  • Introduction to the most common disorders i.e. depression, anxiety, PTSD, phobias, bipolar disorder and disordered thinking.
  • Identifying red-flag signs
  • Tips for dealing with red-flag signs onboard

2. Mental Health on board

  • Understanding work-related stress Identifying post signs
  • Coping with stress onboard
  • Importance of peer support on board

3. Crisis on board

  • What is a critical incident and potentially traumatic event
  • Most common stress reactions
  • Importance of peer support on board
  • Acute stress reactions
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Psychological First Aid interventions

4. Suicide prevention

  • Myths about suicide
  • Post signs
  • How to help