Working away from family and friends may mean that yacht crew are less likely to talk about a low mood or feelings of distress than someone ashore who sees their loved ones every day. Just as means of communication with home can be limited, crew may face other restrictions to their wellbeing such as monotonous routines, long working hours, shift working, and isolation. It is vital we pay attention to our mental health because it affects how we think, feel and act.
ISWAN’s Good Mental Health Guides provide some practical advice to prepare crew for every day challenges that can be difficult to deal with when removed from your familiar support networks.
Bullying and harassment in the workplace is extremely distressing for anyone, but when your workplace is also your home it may feel impossible to escape the negative consequences.
Sexual harassment, assault and rape is extremely difficult to talk about, particularly if you’re a crew member far from your usual support networks.
If you are concerned about your substance use and feel you need support, we can provide you with instant, non-judgemental, emotional support. Talking through your problems in confidence can help them feel more manageable.
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