SAR workers often face stresses that are not present in other high-risk fields of work.

The impact of operating in a high-stake environment on a near-constant basis can impact the mental health and wellbeing of those involved in maritime SAR.

Alex Barrell, Commissioner of Marine Rescue New South Wales (MRNSW) in Australia, says that mental health and wellbeing for SAR personnel are critical. Organisations should ensure that SAR personnel have the resources to deal with traumatic situations and must have the support of the SAR organisation, which is vital for the individual and the organisation to ensure the success of SAR operations. The MRNSW has systems and policies in place, and he emphasises the importance of a positive culture towards mental health and wellbeing to create an environment in which staff and volunteers can talk about their experiences.     

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