What are signs of stress?
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. These may be physical and emotional reactions to stress:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on
- Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or other substances
Learn more about healthy ways to cope with stress.
What should I do if I need additional mental health support?
Extended quarantine and service at sea for long periods of time can be extremely difficult. Contact your ship’s medical staff or captain, access your company’s available resources, or call the ship’s emergency number if you or someone you know needs help.
Know the signs for stress. You or someone you know may experience increased stress during this pandemic. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming.
Contact your ship’s medical staff or captain, access your company’s available resources, or call the ship’s emergency number if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. Learn about Tips for Talking with Your Healthcare Providerexternal icon.
Who should I contact if I’m having thoughts about harming myself?
Contact your ship’s medical staff or captain, access your company’s available resources, or call the ship’s emergency number right away if you or someone you know needs help.
Feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety, and other emotional or financial stresses are known to raise the risk for suicide. People may be more likely to experience these feelings during a crisis like a pandemic.
However, there are ways to protect against suicidal thoughts and behaviors. For example, support from family, faith-based and secular communities and having access to in-person or virtual counseling or therapy can help with suicidal thoughts and behavior, particularly during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.