the stage beforehand in which people are struggling without entering into a crisis. By providing coping mechanisms, teaching mindfulness and encouraging open conversation, the current disconnect between mitigative and preventative measures can be avoided, as people are left with a far broader arsenal for tackling problems as they arise.

The question of who courses are delivered to must also be considered. Currently, training is given to the crew and mostly bypasses management. But in an industry dominated by men and made up largely by contract workers who perhaps fear losing their jobs if they reveal their mental issues, broader cultural shifts are required. Thus, a top-down change is necessary, in which ships’ senior management are taught to consider their own mental health and how they can communicate more openly, and from there a shifting discourse can filter down to allow crewmates to talk openly about the way they feel and avoid falling into a crisis.

THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY New technologies are also allowing the delivery of

mental health training to reach new bounds. Where most of us, pandemic aside, are able to receive face- to-face training, this is not a viable option for ships that remain out at sea.

The solution, up to this point, has been e-learning – videos and tasks are sent to the crewmates to undertake as and when they please. But the future of maritime training appears to be upon us, as modules can now be live streamed to vessels around the world, allowing interactive sessions that mirror face-to-face teaching without forcing ships to come into harbour. Where colleagues are interacting less and less because technology is, ironically, keeping them so disconnected from the world around them, this live stream training is not just a chance to bring crewmates together, but also to encourage the sort of open and honest conversation that can drive broader cultural shifts.

In an industry where age-old problems are being amplified by the current crisis, Tapiit Live is the only company that is utilising new technologies to pioneer a new world of maritime training. With the capability to broadcast live, interactive sessions to more than 10,000 ships, its mental wellbeing courses begin with a module for ship leaders and provides them, and later crewmates, with strategies to maintain good mental wellbeing, as well as encouraging greater openness onboard.

Other courses include Trauma and PTSD Awareness and Bullying and Harassment, both of which outline the signs to look for and provide tools for tackling these issues as they arise. Several other courses are also available, and all can be provided using a tailored approach according to the customer’s specific needs. Perhaps, therefore, the solution is right in front of our very eyes, in the screens, systems and satellites that power this modern world and bridge the gaps between oceans and continents at the click of a button. 35

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