WellAtSea, acquired by Seably in 2022, a leading health and wellness solutions provider for seafarers and ship owners, has partnered with Vanguard Assessments to bring its highly acclaimed Mental Health Assessment online program to the maritime sector.
The new WellAtSea service is an addition to the WellAtSea current program of activities and will allow companies to gain a complete mental health assessment online. The new service guarantees a reliable and fast testing process for a wide range of mental health concerns, including personality, emotional and behavioural issues. Upon completion, companies will receive a data and interpretation report carefully analysed by a highly experienced psychologist within a week, enabling them to make timely decisions.
Gisa Paredes, M.A., RPsy, Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer, WellAtSea, said, “It is an essential objective for us to improve the overall well-being of seafarers through continuous and sustainable organizational change. This addition of the new WellAtSea service will provide companies with a comprehensive tool to evaluate the mental health status of their seafarers and identify areas for improvement. In practice, seafarers will take the assessment both before going to sea and during their time at sea, so companies can see their seafarers’ mental well-being and make any appropriate interventions. There is still a stigma around mental health and the fact that seafarers still don’t feel able to talk about it or access services says a lot about the current environment in the sector but we are pleased to see that this is starting to change. That is why we are bringing this assessment service for seafarers to shipping companies to help them take proactive measures.”
Andrea Lodolo, the CEO of Seably AB stated, “The partnership between WellAtSea, whose focus is the health and wellbeing of seafarers, with Vanguard Assessments is a key step to bring their Mental Health Assessment program to the maritime sector. The maritime industry is known to be demanding and stressful, and seafarers’ mental health can often be overlooked. Monitoring a seafarer’s health on an ongoing basis is important so that the right help and support can be provided.”
Miguel Valdez, Corp President of Vanguard Assessments, added, “We are excited to work with WellAtSea to build upon our maritime experience bringing our Mental Health Assessment program to an industry constantly under pressure. Vanguard Assessments’ expertise in administering and distributing psychological tests, combined with WellAtSea’s innovative approach to seafarer health and wellness, will provide companies with a comprehensive tool to evaluate employees’ mental health status.”
The automated process decreases human error and provides the convenience of saving a significant amount of time in doing evaluations and decision-making. The data collected is treated with the utmost confidentiality and adheres to international data protection standards.
In addition to the new assessment service, WellAtSea offers seafarers specialised health education, team and fitness activities, and mental health support. These services promote a positive environment for seafarers, contributing to their overall wellness and improving their performance.
As part of its commitment to improving seafarers’ mental health, WellAtSea is working closely with its partner companies to help them develop tailored mental health programs.