Seafarers

Providing Free Mental Health and Wellbeing support for Seafarers

As the Covid lockdown came into effect we were given access to the SEASPAN fleet and started contacting and coming alongside the men and women on board via Skype conversations. This started on the 28th March with our chaplains in Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth participating in this new way of presenting such a ‘ministry of presence’ world wide – we have now extended this by sending out daily messages of encouragement and hope by WhatsApp and full Sunday…

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Lockdown Loneliness of Seafarers – Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday 21 June and so Sailors Society is putting the spotlight on seafarers unable to reunite with their children due to COVID-19 and how we’ve been supporting them through these tough times. Sailors Society UK has  produced a campaign page featuring seafarer Taylan who’s not been able to hold his newborn son yet and also a British seafarer assisted by Pauline Robertson. “It’s a very hard time for us,” says Taylan, who is now…

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Sailors’ Society SA continues virtual seafarer support in response to lockdown.

In response to the article in The Guardian of 14 May 2020, “Deaths and hunger strikes point to mental health crises on stranded cruise ships”  Sailors Society SA has stepped up its virtual support which the organisation has been offering since the lockdown situation. The Crisis Response Network of the Society still has ongoing contact with seafarers on board vessels using Skype, telephone and social media to provide advice, support and arrange practical help for crews. We are in contact…

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