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15 August 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 16:04 GMT+2

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The British trade union RMT denounces the worrying increase of suicides among seafarers

The serious problem that has been exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), the UK's leading transport trade union, has expressed extreme concern at the high number of suicides that occur among seafarers, a serious problem that has been exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic. The trade union organization has recalled that a study by the "International Maritime Healt Journal" estimates that 5.9% of deaths occur at sea are attributable to suicides, a percentage which, however, rises to 18.3% if deaths whose cause is not included in the count precisely determined and can be traced back to acts of suicide. RMT pointed out that during the health crisis of the coronavirus there has been a dramatic increase, estimated +25%, the number of seafarers suffering from a serious depression and a +6% increase in deaths attributed to acts of suicide.

"At a time when we are facing a crisis of the cost of living - highlighted the secretary general of RMT, Mick Lynch - the impact on the mental health of our associates is immense. When it comes to suicide - he stressed - employers of work must identify the problem by encouraging its reporting and identifying behaviors and ways to give assistance. RMT is ready to support our associates and employers with regard to the problem of mental well-being and provide help if they encounter difficulties."

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