Professor Neil Greenberg met with a number of mental healthcare providers in the Philippines last week.
The aim of the meeting in Manila was to give expert advice to the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) about how to provide support to seafarers who had been taken hostage, and to their families.
It comes after March on Stress formed a strategic alliance with MPHRP earlier this year, with the aim of helping MPHRP to ensure the psychological impact of piracy is minimised for victims and their families.
Professor Greenberg said: “There are lots of ways that organisations who work in high threat environments and locations can ensure their personnel are psychologically prepared. It is also vitally important to ensure they are appropriately supported afterwards if a serious or traumatic incident does occur.
“Furthermore, when seafarers are taken hostage there is a clear moral responsibility for the organisations that contract with or employ seafarers to look after their families during the detention whilst they work to secure their release.
“We are delighted to partner with MPHRP in supporting their work and very pleased that they found the information and advice provided to them to be so useful. We look forward to continuing to work together to provide psychological support in the future.”
For more on the services that March on Stress offers in relation to kidnap and hostage, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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