While I was sailing on a chemical tanker, I realized how my colleagues and I, together with the different parts of the world were living happily like a big family. Yet sometimes, that feeling is not enough to be able to share our personal problems and the sense of loneliness with anyone.
I witnessed consequences of this emotion as a grieving incident on my journey. While we were sailing in the Atlantic Ocean, one of my colleagues, a fellow sailor, took his own life by jumping off the ship. When we realized his absence, we tried endless methods to find him, but all we found was a note which he had left in his cabin. I was in denial, disheartened at my core and shocked, to accept that a person who was making jokes and laughing with us a few hours earlier would take such a step. I fell into depression myself, burdened with one remorseful thought that clouded my mind at all times - "if I could have saved his life"
I have realized with my personal experience, the importance of keeping a friendly environment onboard, and to never hesitate to share your problem and ask your shipmates if they are facing any issues themselves. Keeping this one thought in our priority, an emphatic request, maybe a simple acknowledgment could save someone's life.