Ship owner Chellship, through its charitable trust Chellaram Foundation, has come on board to help fund Sailors’ Society’s new e-learning programme.
Launched earlier this year, the innovative platform, with its accompanying app, is available free of charge to all seafarers and cadets and works on and offline to ensure connectivity issues are no barrier.
The MyWellness platform draws on the global maritime charity’s award-winning Wellness at Sea programme with more than 10 years of experience in wellness training and industry-leading work on mental health at sea.
It’s packed with fun animations, quizzes and videos, designed to help seafarers look after themselves and others around them – and everyone gets a certificate at the end.
Chief Executive and Director of Chellship, Vishal Khurana, said: “Working together with Sailors’ Society has provided us an opportunity to prioritise the health and wellbeing of sailors, who are the shipping industry’s backbone. The Society’s new e-learning programme not only highlights the importance of resilience in the face of adversity, but also provides a powerful reminder of the human spirit’s capacity to overcome challenges.”
The platform also collects vast amounts of anonymised data on seafarers, their concerns and their plans for the future. This helps the charity shape the services it provides and will be shared with others across the maritime industry.
Sailors’ Society CEO, Sara Baade, added: “This platform is a real game changer both in terms of seafarers being able to access this support and our understanding of their challenges, anxieties and long-term plans for their careers at sea. In just a few months it has already given a valuable snapshot of who are seafarers are and how they are feeling, and more crews sign up every week as word spreads.
“This is such a great tool for seafarers, for us and for the wider shipping industry and we are so grateful to Chellship and the Chellaram Foundation for helping fund this platform. Their support means seafarers across the world can continue to access this support for free and we can all learn valuable lessons from the data it collects. On behalf of seafarers everywhere, a huge thank you to them.”