Seafarers' mental health & wellbeing

Start date: 29th Apr 2020, 17:00
Venue: Webinar
Speaker: Roger Harris, Executive Director, The International seafarers' welfare and assistance network (ISWAN)

Topic description:

We are seeing, quite rightfully, an increase in the interest in, and awareness of, the mental health of seafarers – especially during this Covid 19 Pandemic. Much of the growing awareness has come from the general recognition that ‘good’ mental health is just as important as good physical health. According to the World Health Organisation, one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Thankfully, around the world, more employers, governments, unions, and civil society organisations are trying to do something about this by breaking down stigma and allocating more resources to promote mental wellbeing. In the maritime industry many shipping companies are also beginning to recognise this and are paying more attention to the mental wellbeing of their crews. The presentation looks at what negatively impacts on the mental health of seafarers and what can be done about it.

* Note: This is online meeting and is exceptionally held on Wednesday.


Roger Harris is the Executive Director of the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). Roger joined the International Committee on Seafarer’s Welfare (ICSW), the predecessor to ISWAN, eleven years ago. Roger has been responsible for developing ISWAN into a leading international seafarers’ welfare organisation. Previous to working at ICSW, Roger worked in senior positions, mainly in fundraising, for a range of not for profit and campaigning organisations including Concern Worldwide (UK), the international development NGO, and The Terrence Higgins Trust, the HIV and AIDS charity. Roger is a keen runner and triathlete and is an ambassador in South East London for parkrun.