- understand, monitor and maintain mental wellbeing
- unique environment
- endure a range of stressful stimulations
- cause increased risk
- develop mental health issues
According to the British Psychological Society, aviation industry must invest in its staff to give them the skills to understand, monitor and maintain their mental wellbeing. Aviation personnel work in a unique environment and endure a range of stressful stimulations that may cause increased risk of developing mental health issues.
- reluctant to disclose problems for fear of losing licence to fly
- assessment throughout a pilot’s career
The incidence of mental health conditions in aviation workers is difficult to determine as pilots are reluctant to disclose problems for fear of losing their licence to fly. Airlines should insist on high-quality psychological assessment throughout a pilot’s career, while pilots should be encouraged to understand their own mental health.
Professor Robert Bor says:
- demand for air travel
- ensure safety
Commercial airline pilots are responsible for the safe carriage of thousands of people every day and the demand for air travel is predicted to double over the next 20 years. The aviation industry must invest in the wellbeing of their workforce to meet this demand and ensure safety. It is very important that the application of psychology and the use of qualified psychologists is an integral part of that investment. The prevention and identification of mental health conditions before they lead to a crisis can be achieved if airlines implement high quality psychological monitoring and support and, where needed, assessment by qualified practitioners.
- 0:06′ suffer from depression
- 0:24′ mental health treatment
- 0:55′ explore depression and sucidal thoughts
- 1:15 not eligible to fly
- 1:36′ insomnia/ fatigue
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