Report: Every fifth sailor contemplates suicide

An entire 20 percent of all seafarers have suicidal thoughts, a new Yale University study shows. Most of the respondents are male and mainly from Western Europe and the Philippines.

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One in five seafarers report having suicidal thoughts, while one in four shows signs of depression, and 17 percent are assessed to have anxiety, shows a joint study conducted by Yale University and maritime charity organization ITF Seafarers' Trust, titled Seaferer Mental Health Study.

A total of 1,572 seafarers participated in the study, and these represent a breadth of nationalities working on variety of ship classes.

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