Would like to get everyone’s take on the increase in seafarers suicide rates across all seafaring industries and nationalities. What do you think is a way forward to propose changes to the industry to help mental health onboard and when at home for all seafarers.
Currently I am part of an industry roundtable that is trying to address this situation, last 5 years, almost a 500% increase in suicides.
We understand that with the increase in information and internet onboard this cause people to receive news (bad and good) when it happens. But, we as an industry can not go backwards, we can not limit connectivity onboard. So, how do we help this situation? Do we need to increase training to try and identify problems onboard when they happen, do we design more health programs for companies to utilize onboard? What about the Inland crews, suicide typically happens 24 hours prior to starting ones hitch and or 48 hours from getting off of their vessel and home. G-Captain is a springboard for us to collaborate and try to help each other and the industry. Industry needs your help, we need to work together to figure out solutions.