Counselling available to fishing communities across the UK

A list of counselling services available to fishing communities across the UK.

The Fisherman's Mission

Location: UK wide 
Website: Visit the Fisherman's Mission website 

The Fishermen’s Mission will refer a fisher or member of immediate fishing family for professional counselling and cover the costs. Counselling may not always solve the problem but working it out often does and The Fishermen’s Mission will look at the cause and work out the problems with the individual. Contacting The Fishermen’s Mission is therefore a first step to getting help.  

Contact The Fisherman's Mission in your local area by using the contact details below. 

Northern Ireland

Email address Telephone number 0284 176 9000


Location  Email address Telephone number
Aberdeen  0122 458 4651
Clyde   0129 231 6500 
Fife & Tayside  
Fraserburgh  0134 651 8388
Lerwick  0159 569 2703
North Scotland   
Mallaig  0168 746 2086
Orkney  0773 613 3424
Scrabster 0184 789 2402
Stornoway 0185 170 4424
Troon 0129 231 6500

North England 

Location Email address Telephone number
Fleetwood & Cumbria   0125 377 2372 
Grimsby 0147 235 4384
Hull 0148 232 3440
North Shields 0191257131
North Yorkshire 

Wales, The Midlands and East Anglia 

Location Email address Telephone number
Lowestoft-Norfolk-Essex 0150 256 5269
North Wales 07825 688 730 

South of England

Location Email address Telephone number
Brixham & Plymouth 0180 385 9123
Newlyn & Cornwall 0173 636 3499 
South Coast England  



Location: UK wide
Contact: Email or call 020 8858 3696 
Website: Visit the Seafarers Hospital Society website

Togetherall provides online support 24/7 in a safe, supportive and anonymous environment. You can access trained counsellors, a support network, self-help materials and one-to-one therapy. This is just like conventional face-to-face therapy, but it’s delivered online via webcam, audio or instant messaging.

Thanks to funding from the Seafarers Hospital Society, free support is now available to all working and retired Merchant Navy seafarers and fishers of any nationality who are based in the UK, and their families.

Relate NI free counselling services

Location: UK wide
Contact: Stephen Maginn, email
Website: Visit the Relate NI website 
Enquire: Make an enquiry

Relate NI is working with The Seafarers Charity to provide free counselling to current and retired seafarers, fishermen and anybody that works at sea, as well their family and dependants.  

No matter whether you are the skipper of a fishing vessel, or a hairdresser on a passenger ferry, as long as you work at sea we can provide 6 fully funded sessions for you, your partner, your children or the entire family together.  

The confidential counselling therapy can take place in person across Northern Ireland, as well online or over the phone, depending on your preference and availability.  

In order to make a self-referral for you or a member of your family, all you have to do is contact the Seafarers' Advice & Information Line (SAIL) using their online enquiry form, or using the following contact details: 

Freephone Telephone Number (between 10am-4pm): 0800 160 1842 /  

Simply mention that you would like to avail of the free Relate NI Counselling sessions so that The Seafarers Charity can release the funding for your free counselling sessions. You won't have to discuss your personal situation or reasons for seeking counselling support to anybody other than your personal counsellor.   

If you are experiencing any difficulty making a self-referral, or want to make a referral on behalf of an organisation, please email our communications & engagement officer 

Fairwinds free mental health and wellbeing support 

Location: Cornwall
Contact: Ceri Summers, email or call 07934 720429
Website: Visit the Fairwinds Cornwall Ltd website

GetSeaFit has commissioned Fairwinds to provide free mental health and wellbeing support to the community in Cornwall. 

2021 sees an exciting extension to the project delivery with a specific focus on reducing death by suicide in high-risk groups. Fairwinds is 1 of 12 projects to have been successful in securing additional funding via the Suicide Innovation grant to continue to be able to work alongside fishers across Cornwall by offering quick access to assessment, counselling, CBT, sign posting if needed and an initial emphasis on engaging with the fishing community. 

Our aim being to increase port visits with other partnership agencies to promote positive wellbeing and collaborative working to the fishing community. It’s run by experienced mental health practitioner Ceri Summers, and is based at Harbourside in Wesley Place, Newlyn but can also offer phone or video consultation. 

Ceri and Sarah are both therapists who work in a practical and constructive way, supporting fishers to take control, set goals and build resilience, in a way that’s right for them. As therapists they draw upon a range of evidenced based techniques to help individuals find solutions and can provide the correct level of interventions tailored specifically to the individuals needs. 

If the fisher/ families needs more specialised support they will know who to refer on to ensuring a joined up approach.  

Fishwell mental health wellbeing advice, support and signposting

Location: Norfolk and Suffolk
Email or call 01284 765854
Visit the Fishwell website

We offer mental health and wellbeing advice, support and signposting in Norfolk and Suffolk through a project called Fishwell which is delivered by MTICC, a social enterprise working in mental health and wellbeing in East Anglia. Fishwell engages with fishers on the quayside at a variety of locations including Lowestoft, Southwold, Dunwich, Sizewell, Thorpeness, Alderburgh, Felixstowe, Orford, Cromer, Wells-next-the-sea and King’s Lynn.