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Services that are only available if you are in the UK

Specifically for seafarers

The Big White Wall 
Free and anonymous online support, comprising self-help programmes and one-to-one counselling from trained mental-health counsellors. Focuses on providing early-stage support for common mental health and well-being problems such as feeling down, depressed, anxious or stressed, in order to prevent further deterioration. Access to the BWW is facilitated for seafarers by the Seafarers' Hospital Society. Available to any seafarer based in the UK or using the internet at UK ports.

Other support services

The Samaritans
Suicide prevention and mental health support services, available 24/7. Hotline number: 116 123 (free in the UK and Republic of Ireland). Email: A Welsh-language hotline and postal service are also available - click here for details.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) 
Aimed at men, CALM offers support services and suicide prevention counselling for any man who is struggling or in crisis. The helpline is free to call from 5pm to midnight every day: 0800 58 58 58. Support is also available via webchat on the website.

The mental health charity Mind has a website offering high-quality information and advice to help you understand your condition and to find help. Mind also provides a special legal service to the public, lawyers and mental health workers. The following two articles may be of particular interest:

The Mind Infoline offers callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues: 0300 123 3393. You can also join Mind's online support community Elefriends for confidential support from peers.

Guidance from the UK Chamber

Guidelines to Shipping Companies on Mental Health Awareness 
Jointly developed by the UK Chamber with Nautilus and RMT, these guidelines are aimed at shipping companies who want to better support their workforce. [Direct download here, PDF, 26.8MB]