Cases of psychosis are on the increase among ship officers stretched to breaking point by the pandemic.

Clinical psychologist Charles Watkins, founder and managing director of Mental Health Support Solutions (MHSS), regularly talks to seafarers affected by Covid-19 restrictions and has been doing so for the last two years.

Before the pandemic, the company might have seen one case a year, but now MHSS has been dealing with three in the past few months alone: two captains and an officer.