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About SeaFit

The SeaFit Programme is a joint initiative from the Fishermen’s Mission and Seafarers Hospital Society, working in partnership with MTCIC and local community organisations/groups to deliver sustainable improvement in the health and mental wellbeing of fishermen and their families in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Funded by Seafarers UK, the SeaFit programme started in July 2018 and will run until the end of 2020.
SeaFit covers numerous aspects of mental health and wellbeing and provides a range of services direct to the fishing community.


Event Type When Where
Health Check Wednesday 11th December 12noon-4pm Phoenix Pool & Gym, Widgeon Cl, Bradwell, Great Yarmouth NR31 8JU
Health Check Monday 16th December 12noon-4pm Water Lane Leisure Centre, Water Ln, Lowestoft NR32 2NH


Health Checks

A Health Check is designed to identify the early signs of certain conditions. For people who are over 40 years it’s important to attend health checks as there are higher risks of certain conditions developing.

The first Seafit health check took place in Peterhead from 2nd -4th October 2018 and was a great success. The event brought together a wide range of health and wellbeing experts to provide advice, support, and treatment at the harbourside. Over the course of three days, local fishermen and their families undertook 59 health checks and 21 dental checks.

Altogether we reached over 150 fishermen in three ports, with blood pressure and diabetes checks, carbon monoxide and skin cancer tests, physiotherapy, oral health checks, and eye tests. This is in addition to providing information, support and guidance on many aspects of physical and mental health and wellbeing. We are now in the process of planning our next SeaFit health checks.

You can find your nearest NHS Health Check facilities by looking at what is available in your area. To find more information on how and where to get a health check in your locality look up the NHS Health Check programme in your area or contact your local council.


Mental Health

In the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 8 men have a common mental health condition. However, men are often more uncomfortable with seeking help and support. While both genders will experience the same struggles with mental health, some difficulties will be especially pertinent to men.
For example, some research has shown that traditional and stereotypical masculine traits such as ‘strength’ and ‘stoicism’ can have an adverse effect and result in many men feeling unable to speak about their emotions.
The reality is, issues such as work, finances, health and relationships can take a toll on mental health and general wellbeing, regardless of gender. If you would like further support and information regarding mental health and wellbeing you should contact your GP.

Alternatively, you can find what help is available in your county through the NHS or your local council.