About Waypoint Maritime CiC

Committed to Seafarers Wellbeing

Who We Are

Waypoint Maritime CiC is dedicated to promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in the maritime industry. We understand the unique challenges faced by seafarers and strive to provide the necessary resources and assistance to improve their mental well-being at sea.

A Community Interest Company is a special kind of company that operates for social aims. It is designed for social enterprises or not-for-profit projects and is structured like a normal limited company and regulated by companies house. At heart, a CIC is shaped and driven by its community purpose, which is set out from the start in its constitution. It has a feature called a statutory asset lock, which makes sure that assets are only used for the benefit of the community.  Waypoint maritime is limited by guarantee. Any funding must be used to further the social aims of the organisation and any profits generated through trading are reinvested into furthering those aims.

 

Dr Pennie Blackburn

Director

The proud daughter of a master mariner, Dr Blackburn places the wellbeing of seafarers at the heart of everything she does and advocates passionately for a greater understanding of the unique challenges of a life at sea.


Dr Blackburn has more than 25 years clinical experience in mental health, specialist trauma services in the UK and the humanitarian sector. Dr Blackburn developed a number of innovative Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services in places where access to professional help was not available, experience that is invaluable in the maritime sector. 

Tailoring evidence-based practice in mental health for the maritime context, Pennie has supported shipping companies and welfare charities for seafarers since 2017. 

 

Pennie is the author of a book chapter on seafarer’s wellbeing in Psychological Support for Workers on the Move (Routledge), policy guidance Mentally Health Ships, and the series of Good Mental Health Guides for seafarers (published by ISWAN) and has developed several trainings including Maritime Mental Health Awareness (MMHA), MMHA for Suicide Prevention and Critical Incident Crew Support (CICS), she has facilitated more than 120 trainings for 2500 seafarers, yacht crew and shoreside personnel.

Dr Pennie Blackburn is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professionals Council. 

 

Dr Blackburn holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen. 

 

She has completed further professional training in Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), working in Hostile Environments and Narrative Therapy & Community Work.  

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Are you a seafarer, maritime organization, or industry professional passionate about mental health? Join us in our mission to promote mental well-being in the maritime industry. Together, we can make a difference.

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