Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy Guidance for Companies

Mentally Healthy Ships is a comprehensive guide to Policy and Practice for Mental Health on board vessels. This guideline offers the rationale for creating a company policy for Mental Health and Wellbeing with step by step advice for drafting and implementing procedures for wellbeing on board.


These guidelines provide a valuable resource and can be supported by 1:1 consultation through Waypoint Maritime on request.   


© Dr Pennie Blackburn in 2020, published by ISWAN.

 It is available to download for strictly non-commercial use, in accordance with out terms and conditions.



The Good Mental Health Guides for Seafarers, written by © Dr Pennie Blackburn in 2020, published by ISWAN.

 published by ISWAN, with sponsorship from the Shipowner's Club and currently Steamship Mutual. 


These guides are free to download, strictly for non-commercial use. Please see our terms and conditions for further information. 

Collated by Caitlin Vaughan, with consultaion support from Dr Pennie Blackburn

The National Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Committee published this guideline in 2021. This link will take you to the UK Chamber of Shipping Resources page where you can download the guide. 

This free video training package produced by KVH Videotel is based on key messages contained in the series of Good Mental Health guides above.


Seafarers’ Mental Health and Wellbeing focuses on the positive things seafarers can do to help themselves and their fellow crew members deal better with the challenges of life on board.

Click on the image to visit Ocean Technologies Group website and download the video and facilitators guide. 


© 2019 Videotel

Videotel Training Package

Self Help Materials

Together in Safety

Together in Safety is a non-regulatory industry consortium connecting the maritime sector to improve safety performance. Under the title Wellbeing and Care Together in safety collated best practice resources for mental health and wellbeing. Dr Pennie Blackburn was a SME with the wellbeing working group. The resrouces available through the site come from a vairty of industry sources. Shipping is one of the most hazardous industries in the world. Together in Safety provides the opportunity to dramatically improve safety performance across every shipping sector. Together in safety resources are proven, easily accessible, and free to use. They can be viewed on their website here:

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