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The Round table addressed The Rise of Mental Health Issues in the Maritime Industry.One of takeaways of the discussions was the consensus and acceptance that Mental health Issues are “real” as any physical ailment.
The Round Table was attended by seafarers, representatives from the shipping industry, members of the Maritime Union, DG approved Maritime Doctors.
The 3Cube team presented the 360 degree approach the Seafarers’ Mental Health and threw light on the social challenges and how we can together combat this.
3 Cube also introduced the Mental Health First Aid training which focuses on how to respond to mental issues onboard.
Attendees emphasized that Our Duty of Care is a comprehensive approach and is THE NEED OF THE HOUR.
28% of the respondents representing the Maritime Industry reported that we are still in Denial about mental health issues. This was followed by 24% who believed we are Bargaining on the subject.
Leading personality traits obsereved among seafarers were Narcissit (35%), Compulsive (7.3%) and Dependent (5%).
Understanding these and being able to manage them are essential moving forward.
Let’s Talk 2.0 introduced an innovative approach to creating awarenes and training of Mental Health focused to the Maritime Industry.
“We all who are a part of the industry have a role to play to ensure the safety of our seafarers. India is one of the leading hubs of seafarers and it is our Duty of Care and responsibility to ensure the globe industry views us as leaders in the area of providing the best. An important component to skill is the health and ability of the individual and thus we come together and discuss the challenges of the various stakeholders and potential solutions. Mental illness is realm the problems are real, and we are here to devise solutions after discussing the problem.”
– Ravjyot Singh Khuman
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that have nothing to with a persons character, intelligence or willpower. It’s a condition related to the brain’s biology and can be treated with a combination of medication and social support.
Seafarers go through a lot of stress, which may lead to depression and when unnoticed may lead to serious consequences. Feeling worthless, hopeless and helpless are some of the warning signs of being depressed, here, focused intervention is required. You need to know when to seek help.