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Sailors’ Society launches industry first – global welfare at sea conferences for cadets

In a first for the industry, international maritime charity Sailors’ Society is launching a series of global wellness and mental health conferences designed exclusively for maritime school students.

Following a highly successful pilot in India in 2021, four online events will explore the all-important topic of wellbeing and mental health with cadets as they embark on their careers at sea.

Building on the Sailors’ Society’s innovative welfare training and support programme, the lectures will focus on key and current issues facing cadets today, including crisis and diversity.

Serving maritime schools in India, the Philippines, Greece and Africa, each conference will be regionally tailored and feature internationally renowned speakers.

Sailors’ Society CEO Sara Baade said: “Seafarers are the primary workers of the sea. They are on the front lines of international supply chains, supporting global economies. It is therefore essential that their well-being is taken care of from the start of their career.

“The content has been adapted to focus on key issues facing seafarers today, for example the current crisis in Ukraine and the impact of the pandemic, as well as the issue of diversity, as many companies seek to ensure a diverse workforce.

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“The conferences of our maritime schools are not just a first; they aim for proactive investment in young minds. These events recognize that today’s cadets are tomorrow’s workforce and future leaders.

Hosted online with technical support from the UK P&I Club, the talks will be chaired by Johan Smith, Sailors’ Society Wellness Manager and head of the association’s Wellness at Sea programme.

Johan said: “Following engagement with several maritime schools in India as part of the Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea awareness campaign, it was clear that there was an appetite for a conference aimed at specifically to cadets. Our 2021 pilot event was a direct response to this.

“It was such a success that we are now replicating this model so that we can benefit many more cadets around the world.

“We hope these events will build on the findings gathered at the pilot conference and generate a wealth of analytical and subjective data to help shape future work in the field of wellbeing and mental health.”

Over 1,800 delegates registered for the 2021 pilot webinar which served 19 maritime schools.

Feedback at this event was overwhelmingly positive, with over 95% of respondents saying they had a better understanding of wellness after the conference and 100% saying it had prepared them better for a future career at sea.

One cadet replied, “I found this event really insightful and helpful, especially the information on crisis response and how to manage stress and workload. »
Source: Seamen’s Society