Stella Maris said the service provides access to professional psychologists to help affected individuals deal with the mental and emotional impact of the war in Ukraine.
Martin Foley, UK CEO, Stella Maris told Seatrade Maritime news that the initiative is a direct response to the war in Ukraine.
“It's not something we have done before, but our colleagues in Ukraine inform us that the war has had, and continues to have, a deleterious impact on the mental health of seafarers and families.
“As such, we consider it important to help our colleagues in Stella Maris Ukraine to establish this service. Due to the obvious difficulties in travel in the region, support will be provided online,” said Foley.
“The trauma of living in a war zone, with sporadic missile and drone attacks, cannot be overestimated. Many seafarers have also been separated from their families which has added to their anxiety. This project will ensure seafarers and their families can take mental health action at a critical time, and we offer our sincere thanks to HFW on their behalf."
Paul Dean, Global Head of Shipping and Senior Mental Health Champion, HFW, said: "Seafarers already have one of the toughest jobs on the planet – a life at sea can mean months away from loved ones, long hours, and some of the roughest weather imaginable. But those in Ukraine have also been living with the terrible realities of war, while bravely continuing the vital role all seafarers play in enabling global trade. We are proud to be helping Stella Maris in providing them with much-needed mental health support."