PSS Mental Health in Ports Campaign 2024 comes to a close

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Published: Apr 2, 2024

As we come to the close of this years Mental Health in Ports Campaign, it is important to reflect on the key issues that have been highlighted throughout this initiative.

We have explored the impact of addiction, bereavement, depression, and stress on the mental health of port workers in the UK, recognising the challenges they face. We have also emphasised the importance of supporting those who are going through challenging times.

It is crucial for port workers to have access to resources and services that can help them navigate the challenges they may face, whether it be through counselling, peer support groups, or employee assistance programs.

On Monday, we launched the second port happiness survey, to gauge the mental well-being of port workers. This survey will remain open and the results will be announced during mental health awareness week in May.

The 2023 survey revealed that a respectful and friendly culture, sufficient salary, and interesting and varied tasks, contribute the most to port workers feeling fulfilled in their jobs. However, it also revealed that too many port workers often felt unsupported by their managers and under-valued by their employer.

Source: PSS port happiness survey 2023

Source: PSS port happiness survey 2023

As we move forward in to 2024 and beyond, we must continue to prioritise mental health and well-being in the port industry. By raising awareness, providing support, and fostering a culture of openness and understanding, we can create a workplace environment that promotes mental health and resilience for all port workers.

Fostering an environment where individuals can openly speak about their mental health should be a daily task, not just an annual campaign. Below is a list of some additional dates to look out for in 2024:

Thank you to all who have participated in this campaign week and let us carry forward the momentum of this initiative in our ongoing efforts to support mental health in ports. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who work tirelessly to keep our ports running smoothly.

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