health and wellness for fishermen on land and sea
The Fishermen Wellness Program advocates for more resources to support the mental health and well-being of commercial fishermen, and partners with organizations to create opportunities for fishermen to find help and information.
This program is possible thanks to generous support from the Builders Initiative, the Fisher Charitable Trust, and the Sewall Foundation.
Survival Gear Loan Program
MCFA has life rafts available to fishermen who are getting theirs repacked or who are required to take additional crew/ observers on short notice.
We also have survival suits that can be borrowed if fishermen are in need of extra crew or will be bringing extra people aboard trips.
If you have things you are in need of or no longer using, please consider a donation to MCFA.
MCFA is able to cover the costs of counseling for fishermen for up to three sessions.
We have worked with partners at NAMI Maine and Health Affiliates of Maine to curate a list of 10 counselors who understand the unpredictability and stressful schedules of fishermen.
Please contact Monique for more information and to request the list of counselors for yourself or a loved one. MCFA aims to make it as easy as possible for fishermen to access the support that they need.
NAMI Maine Blog Series
Fishermen Wellness is an on-going series by NAMI Clinical Staff. Each week a new topic will be featured pertaining to mental health and wellness for fishermen.
Thank you to the clinical staff at NAMI for their support and insight during this time.
Resources & Articles
Fishing Forward Podcast A podcast about safety and wellness on the water.
Fishability FishAbility supports fishermen, lobstermen, oyster farmers, people working in aquaculture, and family members of fishing businesses who experience barriers to employment such as aging, injury, or chronic illness.
Include fishermen in policy decisions that affect them, invest in programs that support their ability to continue to work and create opportunities for them to seek mental health support.
With support from their advocates, fishermen are starting to confront the toll that dangerous working conditions, economic and environmental uncertainty, and ever-changing regulations take on their minds and bodies.
Depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide are not uncommon in any fishing community no matter which coast you are on. It is an isolating, dangerous occupation full of uncertainty and expenses; it costs time, money, and many sacrifices to be a fisherman.