24 November 2020 | MNTB & MCG’s Mental Health Awareness Standard

  • Published: 11 Nov 2020
  • Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
  • Date: 24 Nov 2020
  • Start time: 10 a.m.
  • End time: 11 a.m.




Good mental well-being and gaining a good work life balance are key if we are to navigate the challenges this new COVID world has imposed on us all. But just what sort of training on mental well-being support does our industry need moving forward? With MNTB & MCG’s Mental Health Awareness and Wellness Training Standard available, we look at the next steps for ensuring that training not only meets but exceeds the relevant standards to benefit course providers and students alike.


1000-1010 | Introduction and MNTB update | Kathryn Neilson, MNTB

1010-1030 | A Standard for Seafarer’s Mental Health and Wellness Training |Dr Chris Haughton, Haughton Maritime Ltd.

1030-1050 | Moving forward and implementing the standards - what is the end goal? | Liz Baugh, Red Square Medical

1050-1100 | Q&A and close

Kathryn Neilson, Director, MNTB

Kathryn started her career as a teacher and spent much of the early part of her career working within the training and development sector. When the opportunity arose in 2011 to branch off into Maritime Training, she jumped at the chance. For seven years, she worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as their Safety and Compliance Officer responsible for the UK fleets certification and Compliance and was also responsible for overseeing their UK and International Cadet Training Programme. She took over the responsibilities of MNTB Director in August 2017. As the Director of the Merchant Navy Training Board she is responsible for the overall operation of the MNTB, overseeing and facilitating its technical work, new entrant training programmes, careers promotion strategy and managing the charitable work of the Maritime Educational Foundation.

Dr Chris Haughton EdD MA(Ed) BA PGCC CertEd QTLS Master Mariner FNI FSET, Managing Director, Haughton Maritime Ltd.

Chris went to sea with Cunard-Brocklebank in 1971 and came ashore in 1988 to teach at Fleetwood. After time at Videotel as Deputy MD and as a Tutor in Lancaster University’s Management School, he formed his own company and, amongst other things, now delivers bespoke programmes and maritime educational consultancy.

Chris is a qualified teacher and holds degrees in education from the Universities of Lancaster and Birmingham. He’s a Fellow and former Council Member of the Nautical Institute; former Chair of the NI’s Professional Development Committee; Honorary Secretary of the NW England and N Wales Branch, and a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training.

Chris has facilitated learning in the public and private sectors for more than 30 years. He tutors and supervises on Under- and Post-Grad distance learning programmes and designs and delivers leadership and personal development programmes (including one-to-one coaching) for sea-going officers and shore staff. Also, he writes curriculum for multi-media productions and delivers public speaking courses.

His driving force is to inspire others to engage in life-long learning, maximise their potential, and in so doing, extend their personal boundaries.

Liz Baugh, Lead Medical Consultant, Red Square Medical

Liz qualified as a seagoing medic 21 years ago in the Royal Navy. Her first real exposure to the importance of mental health was when working at sea for the first time and seeing the different ways in which life at sea can affect a person. She then went on to work with the Royal Marines as a Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) practitioner and then subsequently as a TRiM Manager. A job which requires planning and supervising the ways in which traumatic events are managed from a personnel perspective. She then made the move to the commercial sector and began working within the merchant navy, cruise and superyacht industries providing 24/7 operational support to shipping companies essentially as a medical DPA.

An increasing demand for Mental Health support has meant that Liz is now working to find out how best we can support our seafarers and those ashore that manage the vessels to ensure that mental health is taken as seriously as physical health.

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