26 Jul
2017

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Latest version of free app for seafarers to help combat mental health and physical illness

26 Jul, 2017

The latest version of Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea app for seafarers hopes to further combat high rates of cardiovascular conditions and mental health disorders among seafarers.

The enhancements to the free app, sponsored by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, now gives users a range of healthy living tips, recipes and exercises to help monitor and maintain their physical and mental health at home, in port and at sea.

Sandra Welch, deputy CEO and director of programme, Sailors’ Society said, “The long contracts away from loved ones and the stresses of everyday life at sea may negatively impact on seafarers’ mental and physical health. Fatigue and poor mental health are common complaints. We’re also aware that fitness levels can dip in the time between contracts.

“The wellbeing of the world’s seafarers is paramount to us and we hope that the newest additions to the app will enable users to further monitor their fitness and in turn help to minimise poor health or incidents at sea.”

The new elements of the app could not come soon enough, with annual statistics from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency detailing cardiovascular conditions, obesity, diabetes and depression among the top 10 most common reasons for seafarers failing their medicals.

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