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With mental health currently a hot topic in the superyacht industry, Nautilus strategic yacht partners Red Square Medical and Impact Crew have identified a need for training to help crew deal with the pressures of their jobs. Liz Baugh and Karen Passman explain how their new stress-management course will work
The ideal way to foster happy employees is to create a positive work environment which enables crew to work effectively and does not cause or exacerbate mental health problems. Sadly, though, the very nature of the seafaring workplace can be challenging due to location, poor connectivity, and time spent away from loved ones. So what can we do to mitigate this?
Seafarers face many pressures on a daily basis, and we recognise that stress is a growing concern within the maritime industry. Studies suggest that some stress is normal and can in fact enhance performance; however, prolonged stress can lead to physical and mental health problems, and this is what needs to be addressed.
With increasing awareness of mental health issues, increasing cases of anxiety and suicides being reported – and following on from ISWAN's recent report on the wellbeing of superyacht crew – we came to the conclusion that prevention is better than cure. Although there is nothing new in this concept, we challenged ourselves to translate this into something tangible that crew at every level would benefit from. We also considered what would enable management ashore to support their crews afloat.
Stress Happens! is an engaging and interactive workshop that can be tailored to each company’s needs. It is designed to tap into existing knowledge for the purpose of collaborative learning and growth in a subject that has been overlooked in the past. With the course designed and facilitated by medical professionals and experts in leadership and management, we are looking to raise awareness, and with that address this important subject.
We do not aim to 'fix' individuals or their problems, nor are we training people to make a diagnosis. Instead our aim is to simply promote a deeper understanding of what makes each person tick