Growing concern about mental health among superyacht crew is just one reason why Tim Clarke (above), the director of Quay Crew, says his company launched a global survey of more than 1,000 crewmembers. Quay Crew did so with Charles Watkins, the managing director of and a clinical psychologist with Mental Health Support Solutions (MHSS). MHSS provides assistance to seafarers, including yacht crew. Their discoveries are alarming. Nearly half of all crew, for instance, considered leaving yachting due to burnout, poor leadership, and other issues. But, there’s also good news. In fact, the overwhelming majority believe it would be helpful to have some type of mental-health training. This would not only benefit themselves, but also help their fellow crew.
Furthermore, in this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Clarke and Watkins discuss:
- why Quay Crew felt the survey was important in the first place
- how most of the issues come down to poor leadership—with “leadership” being the responsibility of more people than captains
- who suffers from a disparately high proportion of challenges
- how most crew, regardless of gender, don’t know how to access available resources
- what steps captains, yacht department heads, owners’ representatives, and other advisors can start implementing now to turn the tide.
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