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Vol 65, No 2 (2014)
Review article
Published online: 2014-06-30
Submitted: 2014-06-30
Accepted: 2014-06-30
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Mental readiness for maritime international operation: procedures developed by Norwegian navy

Sverre Sanden, Bjørn Helge Johnsen, Jarle Eid, Jan Sommerfelt-Pettersen, Vilhelm Koefoed, Roar Størksen, Atle Røsseland, Hans Olav Neteland, Per Inge Wetteland, Eirik Veum Wilhelmsen
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2014.0020
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International Maritime Health 2014;65(2):93-97.

open access

Vol 65, No 2 (2014)
MARITIME PSYCHOLOGY Review article
Published online: 2014-06-30
Submitted: 2014-06-30
Accepted: 2014-06-30

Abstract

Seafarer’s mental health is vital for a well-functioning organisation. Neglecting mental health status on board could be extremely costly for both the crew affected as well as the company. The present article outlines an extensive programme implemented in the Royal Norwegian Navy for personnel deployed in international operations. The challenges involved in international operations bare similarities to onboard personnel in civilian maritime operations. The program utilised by the Royal Norwegian Navy is extensive and not immediately applicable to civilian maritime companies. However, elements of this program could be used with limited resources. Questionnaire based screening, before, during and at the end of a contract period could result in early detections of mental health problems and increased retaining of personnel. This should be done by health professionals. Early targeting of at risk personnel could prevent serious costs for the individual as well as the company.

Abstract

Seafarer’s mental health is vital for a well-functioning organisation. Neglecting mental health status on board could be extremely costly for both the crew affected as well as the company. The present article outlines an extensive programme implemented in the Royal Norwegian Navy for personnel deployed in international operations. The challenges involved in international operations bare similarities to onboard personnel in civilian maritime operations. The program utilised by the Royal Norwegian Navy is extensive and not immediately applicable to civilian maritime companies. However, elements of this program could be used with limited resources. Questionnaire based screening, before, during and at the end of a contract period could result in early detections of mental health problems and increased retaining of personnel. This should be done by health professionals. Early targeting of at risk personnel could prevent serious costs for the individual as well as the company.
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Keywords

seafarer, prevention, mental health, crisis support

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Title

Mental readiness for maritime international operation: procedures developed by Norwegian navy

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 65, No 2 (2014)

Article type

Review article

Pages

93-97

Published online

2014-06-30

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2014.0020

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2014;65(2):93-97.

Keywords

seafarer
prevention
mental health
crisis support

Authors

Sverre Sanden
Bjørn Helge Johnsen
Jarle Eid
Jan Sommerfelt-Pettersen
Vilhelm Koefoed
Roar Størksen
Atle Røsseland
Hans Olav Neteland
Per Inge Wetteland
Eirik Veum Wilhelmsen

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