Staying Ship Shape

Let's talk about mental health

Do you have a family member, friend or crew mate that is currently dealing with mental health issues?

Perhaps it’s you that is currently not feeling quite on top of things but not sure what’s wrong?

Research has identified that those who work at sea are struggling to stay Ship Shape. 

These resources are here to help you understand what mental health is, identify the signs and symptoms and provide you with coping strategies. These resources have been developed by health professionals and seafarers for the Seafood Sector.

The numbers


of New Zealand adults meet the criteria for a mental health illness diagnosis at some stage during their lives.


of New Zealand adults have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.


of commercial fishers in Australia have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. This is double the national average. Recent New Zealand research indicates our fishers are similarly struggling.

Free resources

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Staying Ship Shape:
Wellbeing Training

This training module will help you to understand what mental health and wellbeing is, how to recognise the signs and symptoms and how to manage them onboard and at home. This module consists of a video, short quiz and certificate on completion.

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Fisher Wellbeing:
Diving into the Fishing Industry

Listen to Tim, a contract diver discuss his occupation, challenges and how he stays Ship Shape in the industry.

Aquaculture Wellbeing:
Being a Marine Farmer

Listen to Simon, a marine farmer talk about the marine farming industry, his business, his challenges and how he stays Ship Shape.

Aquaculture Wellbeing:
Whānau Matters

We discuss with an aquaculture family how they support each other through the difficult times.

Wellbeing FAQ

Compilation of industry specific FAQ with supportive answers to help seafarers.

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Wellbeing & Coping Resources

Overview of wellbeing, self managing and coping techniques for workers and whānau.
Click links below to download posters.

Welcome to the Seafood Sector

Some seafarers have advised that they struggle to understand the multiple and complex legislation requirements they must comply with. We have therefore put together an industry overview pack for new and existing workers in the seafood sector to help you and your crew navigate this.
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Need Help Now

1. If this is an emergency phone 111

If anyone is in immediate physical danger.

2. Or go to your nearest hospital emergency department (ED)

3. Phone your local DHB Mental Health Crisis Team (CATT)

Select your region for contact numbers or ring Healthline 0800 611 116

4. If you need to talk to someone else:
Free call or text 1737 for support from a trained counsellor


0800 543 354

Free text 4357 (HELP)


0800 376 633

Free Text 234


0800 726 666

Seafood Sector Support Network Contact details

If you would like to get in touch, please call the Seafood Sector Support Network line on 0800 ADRIFT (0800 237 438) anytime between 7am – 10pm 7 days a week.

We are here to connect you, your whānau and business with relevant support to help with your voyage.

Outside of these hours please dial or text 1737

If this is an emergency, please call 111 immediately.