On this page you will find various links and documents for you to get support and advice on a range of mental health issues.
RMT cannot offer medical help or counselling. However, we can help sort out problems connected with work that can trigger members’ stress, anxiety and depression. For more information on this please see this RMT advice: Mental health – a trade union issue
This TUC guide ‘Mental health and the workplace’ is an educational workbook which explains that mental health is important in trade union activity/functions and that workplace union reps have a role to play in raising awareness on mental health as a workplace issue, as well as supporting members with mental health problems in the workplace and signposting members to further sources of support and guidance. In addition to this being an information resource the guide is intended to be used at branch meetings and in informal discussions with members so that there exists a commitment to challenge mental health discrimination and promote equality.
In December 2021, RMT surveyed all RMT members asking a series of questions relating to their employers’ provision of Mental Health support services, how effective they found these services and how the Covid-19 pandemic had affected their mental health. You can find the results of this survey here.
Mental Health Awareness Week
RMT supports and promote Mental Health Awareness week, an annual event with a different theme each year, the aim of which is to use this week for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health.
If your mental health is deteriorating significantly, or if you feel that you may be at risk of harm to yourself or others, please call 999 or attend your local A&E immediately.
If you need urgent support, but don’t want to go to A&E, you can contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment or contact NHS 111
Other organisations that will assist if you are struggling with mental health issues:
Offering emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Telephone: 116 123
The charity Mind provides advice and support on mental health issues. It campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding about mental health.
Tel: 020 8519 2122
SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.
The work with adults and young people to provide mental health social care support and they also campaign work to influence positive social change about mental health.
Details of their information and support service are as follows:
Available: 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: 0344 800 0550
See Me Scotland
See Me is Scotland’s programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination.
Tel: 0141 530 1111 https://www.seemescotland.org/
Mental Health Foundation
A charity that engages in research, campaigning and training programmes on mental health and learning disabilities.
Time to Change
An anti-stigma campaign run by mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
Tel: 020 8215 2356
MARITME MENTAL HEALTH
The Seafarers Hospital Society has been providing support to seafarers to address issues of poor mental health through their partner organisation Togetherall (formerly the Big White Wall).
Togetherall provides online support 24/7 in a safe, supportive and anonymous environment. You can access trained counsellors, a support network, self-help materials and one-to-one therapy. This is just like conventional face-to-face therapy, but it’s delivered online via webcam, audio or instant messaging.
Thanks to funding from the Seafarers Hospital Society, free support is available to all working and retired Merchant Navy seafarers and fishers of any nationality who are based in the UK, and their families.
Seafarers Hospital Society
You can access this free service right away — just click on one of the links below.
When you click the link below you will go to the Togetherall login page. Simply create a user name and password and you’ll get straight onto the Togetherall site. Please press Submit only once – it may take a few seconds to be redirected to the website.
RMT Maritime Mental Health Campaign
RMT Maritime Health and Safety Newsletter, October 2021. Focus on Mental Health.
RMT National Secretary Darren Procter with a video message for Maritime members on Mental Health campaigns.