Booklets on the topic of depression have been distributed on 476 ships since the beginning of the year in Melbourne and other ports in Victoria, Australia. The information has been tailored for the masters of the more than 2,000 merchant ships carrying 60,000 seafarers that berth in these locations.
Written in English, Chinese and Russian the booklets contain telephone numbers masters can call for help regarding a seafarer who may suffering depression.
Ship visitors from the Stella Maris Seafarers’ Centre and the Missions to Seafarers Victoria (Melbourne, Geelong, Hastings and Portland) are distributing the booklets.
Production of leaflets in English, Chinese and Russian for non-officer seafarers is underway with distribution expected to start in August 2010.
A project website was created at http://www.seafarersmentalhealth.org with a new project email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. The booklets in English, Chinese and Russian can be downloaded through the website.
Source: BAIRD MARITIME