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Mental health

For: Employers and managers Advocates Information seekers

There are supports and resources available if you or someone you know has mental health concerns.

Mental health is a state of wellbeing which allows a person to cope with the normal stresses of life, realise their own abilities, work productively, and make a contribution to their community (World Health Organization).

For immediate help

If you have an emergency in Australia and need immediate emergency assistance, call 000 or 112 (satellite phone).

For immediate counselling, advice and support

Contact Lifeline:

For search and rescue services

To contact Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for search and rescue services use the following 24-hour helpline numbers.


  • Within Australia phone 1800 641 792
  • Outside Australia phone +61 2 6230 6811


  • Within Australia phone 1800 815 257
  • Outside Australia phone +61 2 6230 6899

How work can affect mental health and wellbeing

Many factors can contribute to poor mental health including problems at home, physical injury and issues at work.

Work is generally beneficial to our psychological wellbeing and mental health. It can provide:

  • a sense of purpose
  • an opportunity to use and develop our skills
  • opportunities for social interaction.

There can be some circumstances, however, where a person’s mental health can be impacted by work or other factors.

In our industry, we can face specific work conditions, such as isolation and distance from family and community supports, that can also contribute to mental health issues.

What you can do

We all play a part in:

  • welcoming and supporting people with a mental health condition in our workplace
  • creating an environment in which people are confident that they have support
  • reducing mental health stigma in our workplace.

We provide some tips and resources to understand, promote and support psychological resilience and mental health and wellbeing.

Supporting myself and others

You can:

  • seek help if you feel you need it and support your colleagues to do the same
  • make sure you report any risk to health and safety you identify a risk to health to your master and/or supervisor
  • raise psychosocial hazards and risks through workplace consultation processes.

Resources and supports you can contact are:

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

The Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is working to save lives as the only medical research institute in Australia to focus on mental health across every life stage.


Lifeline is a national charity providing Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

If you or someone you know needs support:

SANE Australia

SANE Australia is a national mental health charity making a real difference in the lives of people affected by complex mental health issues through research, support and advocacy.

Mission to Seafarers Australia

Mission to Seafarers Australia supports the maritime industry through seafaring centres and volunteer contacts at various ports.

For managers and employers

To reduce the risk and impact of mental health issues at work, employers need to raise awareness and build an inclusive workplace culture and effective systems that promote mental health and wellbeing at work.

Employers can:

  • consult employees on matters that relate to their health and safety
  • conduct risk assessments for the psychosocial hazards relevant to your workplace
  • provide and promote access to an employee assistance program (EAP)
  • appropriately manage the risk of fatigue
  • support employees when they show symptoms of stress or mental health issues.

Resources and supports that can be useful for employers are:

Australian Seafarers Welfare Council

The Australian Seafarers’ Welfare Council (ASWC) promotes seafarer welfare services in Australian ports to support and protect seafarers. ASWC’s role extends to helping coordinate port and regional welfare committees and playing a leadership role.

International Seafarers Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN)

ISWAN works to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world and provides online resources for seafarers and their employers.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

AMSA’s mission is to ensure safe vessel operations, combatting marine pollution, and rescuing people in distress. As Australia’s national maritime safety regulator, AMSA publishes maritime safety information and resources to promote maritime safety for seafarers, operators and other stakeholders involved in vessel operations.

Safe Work Australia (SWA)

SWA develops national policy regarding work health and safety and workers’ compensation. The website provides information, videos, seminars and podcasts on mental health as well as helpful statistics and case studies.

Phoenix Australia - Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health

Phoenix Australia’s internationally recognised research program advances knowledge of the impact of trauma on the health and wellbeing of trauma survivors, their families and the community.


Comcare provides information and links to resources for employers including:

Events and engagement opportunities

A range of events hosted by specialist organisations such as the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association focus on a broad range of topics relating to mental health, mental wellness and the development of mentally healthy workplaces.

More information

The objective of our Mental Health Strategy (PDF, 78.4 KB) is that the Seacare Authority is recognised as a trusted body for the availability and promotion of mental health information in the maritime sector.

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Page last reviewed: 04 November 2022
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