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Mental Health in Yachting: with Dockwalk at MYS

Mental Health in Yachting: with Dockwalk at MYS

Captain Kelly advocates that mental health in yachting should be encouraged on all levels. Kelly shares her struggles with mental health, recounting experiences at her lowest points, to the extent of considering suicide. She discusses the support she received both biochemically and situationally, and how her mental health improved. “I want to just encourage and inspire people to do the work, to not give up, because I was going to, and to be able to say that I am so happy now is inspiring to my own self,” she says. “I want people to know that if you’re willing to put the work in, you can really, truly live your best life.” As a captain, she has witnessed some of the worst from the industry — the harassment, the drug and alcohol abuse, the bullying. She wants to change things. It’s important, she believes, for current crew to speak up and share their experiences. “I’ve developed a voice in the industry, and I feel like I’m in a good place to use it. I’m not afraid to speak out,” she says. “I’m not afraid to say it like it is and call a spade a spade and to share my own very real experiences and try to encourage people to speak out.” All crew deserve a safe working environment. “You have an obligation to your own self and to the rest of your crewmembers to make sure you have a safe and healthy and happy work environment,” she says. We can’t get there if people don’t speak up when confronted with issues. “I feel a moral obligation to use my voice to make this industry better, one crewmember at a time,” Kelly says. “I really feel like if you’re going to be on this planet sucking up all the oxygen, you need to do some things to give back while you’re here.” Dockwalk and Capt. Kelly Gordon hosted a mental health discussion during the Monaco Yacht Show. “Mental Health in Yachting: A Talk by Capt. Kelly” took place at the Captains & Crew Lounge on Saturday, September 30, at 11 a.m.
Crew Mental Health in the Superyacht Sector