Fishermen Offered Free Mental Health Services

Kathryn Wheeler
By Kathryn Wheeler,
updated on Dec 21, 2017

Fishermen Offered Free Mental Health Services

Finally, we're addressing the mental challenges of working at sea

In 2016, a service provided by Big White Wall – an anonymous online community that supports people who are experiencing mental health problems – was trailed for merchant navy personnel. A year on, the digital service has been extended to the entire UK fishing community.

Speaking of the decision, Peter Coulson, Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS) secretary, said fishermen openly talk about the physical challenges of working at sea, but rarely the mental challenges. “We recognise [it’s a problem] and we want to do something about it, which is why we’re extending the service to fishermen,” said Coulson. To date, Big White Wall has helped more than 40,000 people. The free, anonymous service can be accessed via the SHS website.

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