Mental Health

How we think, feel, and behave

We recognise the increasing level of mental health challenges our workforce is facing. We also know that this can pose major risks to safety and wellbeing.

The offshore worker’s lifestyle has always brought with it unique pressures (being away from family for extended periods, lack of ability to “escape” from the workplace, close living quarters, harsh environment), and it is recognised that the lifestyle of offshore workers, particularly in a male-dominated industry where traditionally feelings are not discussed, makes improving the awareness of mental health particularly relevant.

Poor mental health can affect us all, it is therefore important to act proactively to maintain good mental health and be able to recognise the signs and symptoms so that quick action can be taken if necessary. We all have a responsibility to our mental health; as employers, individuals and as friends and colleagues.

We hope that information contained in these pages can help you and your colleagues.

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Mental Health Awareness

As your mental health is not static, it is much better viewed as a continuum, which ranges from excellent mental health at one extreme to crisis point at the other extreme. We have used this simple model throughout our resources to demonstrate our ever-fluxing mental health state.

A wide range of factors can result in a period of poor mental health. Being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide the opportunity for those affected to talk openly about them is crucial in supporting positive wellbeing.

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Resources from Step Change in Safety

Films of Personal Accounts of Mental Health Experiences

Non-Step Change in Safety resources

Thriving at Work. The Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health and employers
Thriving at Work. The Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health and employers
IADC Whitepaper - Changing minds, saving lives
IADC Whitepaper - Changing minds, saving lives
Mind Index Insights Report 2021/22
Mind Index Insights Report 2021/22

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