Hire onboard mental health professionals for seamen in cruise ships

Hire onboard mental health professionals for seamen in cruise ships

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Seafarers are working under very unique circumstances: away from their families for months at a time, with long daily working hours, at sea without easy access to proper communication with their loved ones, under work-related stress 24/7 during their time at sea, among may other factors which tend to make them a group with a high risk to develop or worsen mental illnesses. Although medical attention can be readily available, there are no professionals on board to assess and assist the crew members when it comes to common mental health complains or queries. Much has been done in the past decade or two to make life at sea much more fair and healthy for seamen; however, we still see year after year that crew members and their close ones are suffering the burden of mental health issues related to their lifestyle and little to none has been done to target this. Major corporations must hire mental health professionals on board to assist the crew on a daily basis.