Coast Guard To Hold November 22 Webinar To Discuss Mariner Mental Health Study
The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) COVID-19 Working Group will present a public webinar detailing the results of survey on the mental health of U.S. mariners working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The webinar is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time November 22, according to a post on the Coast Time Maritime Commons Blog and distributed through a Coast Guard news release. The Mariner Mental Health Needs During COVID-19 study was conducted independently by Dr. Marissa Baker, assistant professor and industrial hygiene program director at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
The survey asked mariners a variety of questions about COVID-19, mental health and their experiences and feelings when aboard a vessel during the challenges of the worldwide pandemic. Participants were enrolled in the study from January 22 through May 31 this year. Information was collected in a confidential manner, with no mariner identification data collected.
To attend the webinar, visit https://usdotfedramp.webex.com/meet/helen.brohl. It is suggested that viewers log in at the link 30 minutes in advance to download any plug-ins and to test their system’s compatibility with the Webex videoconferencing software. To participate by telephone instead, call 844-800-2712 and enter the access code 199 311 8169#.
The Mariner Mental Health Needs During COVID-19 study was supported by the Centers for Disease Prevention & Control (CDC) and the COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) of the federal interagency U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System. The C-19 WG serves as the CMTS forum for facilitating high-level interagency discussion, communication and actions in support of the MTS under and after COVID-19. The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP)—whose members include vessel owners and operators, mariner unions, maritime academies, maritime training institutions, classification societies, other maritime industry stakeholders and government agencies—also supported the project with the goal of enhancing the mental wellbeing of U.S. mariners.