Welcome to Befrienders Worldwide (BW)

BW recognises the challenges all seafarers face when working away from their home and families which can cause anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts and wants to give seafarers the opportunity to speak or write to a trained listening volunteer about their emotional feelings while they are away from home.

Contact can be made by phone or email or webchat and is totally confidential. The volunteer will give you the time and space to be heard and you will not be judged.

Your ship and company name should not be given, and you do not need to give your name.

Seafarers Emotional Support Centres

When using these services you do not have to give your name, or your ships name or your company’s name. All calls and emails are treated in strict confidence by the support centre. Please state that you are a seafarer when making a call or sending an email. Thank you.


Samaritans Southcoast
Suicide Prevention & Emotional Support


The mission of Samaritans Southcoast is to reduce and prevent future suicides from occurring, to bring attention to the causes of suicide, to eliminate the stigma of suicide, and to support the survivors of suicide victims.

Operating hours are ……………

Email …………………..


Samaritans in Spain
Serving the Community


Fewer than 10% of our callers are feeling suicidal. If you are feeling desperate, anxious or alone, we are here for you

Operating Hours are ………..

Email ……………………….


In Touch Philippines
Well-being matters

Call +63 2 8893 7603
(free and anonymous)

Available 24/7, the Crisis Line provides free, anonymous, and confidential helpline support for anyone who needs it.

Operating Hours are 24 / 7

Email helpline@in-touch.org

Website www.in-touch.org

Seafarers Support Centres

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Whatever challenges they’re facing, seafarers can rely on us.

Stella Maris is the largest ship-visiting network in the world. We improve the lives of seafarers and fishers through our network of local chaplains and seafarer centres, expert information, advocacy, and spiritual support.


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Free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

We work to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world. As well as operating a 24-hour helpline as a direct service for seafarers, we also run a number of other projects and campaigns in support of seafarers’ welfare.