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Sailors’ Society to hold mental health and wellbeing conference for India’s next generation of seafarers

Maritime charity Sailors’ Society is to hold an online Wellness conference for maritime colleges in India and their current students, next Thursday 30 September.

Designed especially for maritime schools, the Wellness at Sea: Positive wellbeing for a rewarding seafaring career conference will explore the all-important subject of wellbeing and mental health, helping to prepare cadets for a long and fulfilling career at sea.

Hundreds of cadets will benefit from the conference, which is sponsored by Seaspan Corporation and being hosted online by The UK P&I Club. Mr. Amitabh Kumar, Director General of Shipping, Government of India will open the event.

Johan Smith, Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea programme manager said: “We’re delighted that so many maritime colleges have recognised the importance of wellbeing and have signed up to take part in the day. We’re also extremely grateful our sponsors Seaspan Corporation and to our technical partner The UK P&I Club for their incredible support in making this event happen.

“Life at sea can be challenging, especially with the added pressures of the pandemic, so it’s more important now than ever to look after our seafarers. By starting Wellness training in college, we hope to deepen understanding of mental health and wellbeing, as well as knowledge of where to seek help when needed, giving the best opportunity as these cadets embark on their careers at sea.”

Colleges taking part include AMET University, Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy, Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies, Hindustan Institute of Maritime Training, Institute of Maritime Studies – Goa, the Indian Maritime University, Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education and Training, Samundra Institute and the Tolani Maritime Institute.

The event will feature talks from industry leaders, interactive sessions and practical advice, equipping and empowering participants with awareness and skills that will serve them throughout their seafaring lives.
Source: Sailors’ Society

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