Seafarers and mental health

One in three seafarers repatriated with a medical escort suffer diseases related to psychological disorders, according to a report cited by the London P&I Club in its latest Stoploss Bulletin. The report says that the Club “views with concern the large numbers of seafarers now being repatriated early suffering from a range of psychological difficulties”.

In extreme cases the sufferer can be a danger to other seafarers or may present the possibility of suicide. The ‘robust’ shipboard shipboard environment and culture is often not conducive to early recognition and sympathic treatment of the problem. Adding to the problem is that too many medical lockers, which may have drugs that can help, are not stocked according to the requirements of the flag state.

The WHO publishes a medical guide for ships. Also helpful is the Centro Internazionale Radio Medico, CIRM

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