SHS seafarer wellbeing webinar series

Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS) has organised a series of short webinars with our strategic partners to give practical advice and increase awareness of available resources for seafarers and their loved ones. The 30-minute webinars, held on the last Wednesday of each month at 12.00 BST, will focus on a key issue impacting seafarers ranging from cancer detection and musculoskeletal health to financial stressors and mental health. The sessions will allow seafarers and others to ask questions and engage with experts on these topics.

Sandra Welch, the Chief Executive Officer of SHS says,

“We have been supporting seafarers for 200 years and know how important it is to give individuals the tools to manage their wellbeing and also seek support. The latter can feel very intimidating, but we are happy to help either through our own financial assistance programmes or those of our partners. The recorded webinars will remain on our website so that this information remains readily available to any seafarers in need.”

Webinar 1:
Cancer Awareness

Darren Couchman (Community Engagement Manager, Robin Cancer Trust)
Carol Elliot (Programme Delivery Manager, SeaFit Programme)

Working at sea makes it difficult sometimes to make appointments for regular check-ups. Raising awareness about early detection and diagnosis of cancer is key to saving lives.

Webinar 2:
Healthy Minds

Joanne Spencer (Account Manager, Togetherall)
Ceri Summers (Mental Health Practitioner, Seafit Programme & Fairwinds Cornwall)

Working at sea can be challenging and impacts mental health. We offer free, confidential mental health and well-being services via Togetherall. SHS also offers mental health support to fishers through the Seafit programme.

Webinar 3:
Building Financial Resilience

Tina  Barnes,  Head of Impact, The Seafarers’ Charity
Sandra Welch, CEO, Seafarers Hospital Society

It takes a lot of courage to acknowledge financial distress and seek help, but the process of going about it can seem. How should grants be filled out? How to successfully create a plan for resilience? That’s where we come in. Join us on the 25 May at 12 noon for useful information about how to improve financial resilience, as well as apply for a grant through Seafarers Hospital Society.

Webinar 4
Managing and Combating Fatigue

Dr. Claire Pekan (Director, Safe Marine)
David Watson (CHIRP)
David Patraiko (Head of Research and Relationships, The Nautical Institute)

Staff on ships and in ports are responsible for safety critical work day and night. This impacts rest time available inevitably leading to fatigue.

Webinar 5:
Musculoskeletal Health

Neil Duff (OPS North Team Lead, Connect Health)

Seafarers who sustain a musculoskeletal injury may have difficulty in accessing appointments and medical professionals in time, leading to longer rehabilitation times likely affecting their ability to return to work. Steps can be taken to address this, and improve musculoskeletal health.

Webinar 6:
Stoptober – Stop Smoking

Stopping smoking benefits one’s health as well as those around you. SHS aims at highlighting a range of services and support that can help seafarers quit smoking.

Webinar 7
Movember – Men’s Health


Dr. Charlotte Mendes Da Costa (General Practitioner)
Representative from Seafit Programme

The webinar focuses on men’s health and hopes to encourage and empower men to take care of their physical and mental wellbeing.

For further information please contact [email protected].