The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) issued the following communication on October 29.
The SIU encourages all mariners to participate in the brief, anonymous survey at the link below.
Yale University Survey on Seafarers’ Mental Health
As you may know, the Seafarers’ Section and ITF Seafarers’ Trust has commissioned Yale University to work on a unique project funded by the ITF/Seafarers Trust. The primary objective of this project is to increase the mental health wellness and overall wellbeing of seafarers by understanding risk factors associated with seafarer stress, depression, and anxiety. This study was prioritized based on reports from seafarers and seafarer advocacy groups that mental health of seafarers is currently a major concern, coupled with the fact that research in this field is substantially limited. Findings from the study will promote greater understanding of the mental health burden in seafarers, reduce stigma associated with mental illness, identify and reduce risks for depression and anxiety, and allow for appropriate recommendations to improve the shipping environment in terms of mental health support.
The project goals will be achieved by surveying a large and representative population of global seafarers. The survey is anonymous, does not ask any identifying information, and takes about 10 minutes to complete. It has been tested by Dr. Rafael Lefkowitz of Yale University with approximately 100 seafarers at the Port of Newark, New Jersey (USA), with improvements based on the participant’s feedback. The final electronic survey is now ready to be distributed globally, and we are aiming to reach a minimum of 2,000 seafarers.
Here is the link to the online survey (English language only):