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Aviation Mental Health

Aviation is a highly regulated industry where safety is of utmost priority just as it is an area of focus in other organizations and industries. However, that does not mean that mental health is not an area of concern. Mental health issues exist in aviation personnel across different job roles – pilots, cabin crew, aircraft maintenance engineers, air traffic controllers, baggage loaders, etc., just as it does in the general population across the world. However, with the stigma around mental health, there are many barriers to those in the aviation industry seeking mental health support and professional care.  

Following the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in France in March 2015, there has been an increased focus on pilot mental health issues. The accident brought to light the need for mental well-being and absence of mental illness for the safe performance of pilots and aviation safety-sensitive duties.

Cabin crew are in many ways a unique occupational group in terms of their irregular work patterns, unique set of job demands and lifestyle. In their effort to deal with the demands inherent in the job role, they could experience anxiety, panic attacks, stress, and other depressive states. In some cases, they face unique socio-environmental challenges given their age, family status, separation from friends and family, lack of social support, as well as cultural differences and related adaptation.

Having worked in the aviation industry with multicultural airline staff for over ten years, the founder of Flourishing Minds has an in-depth understanding of the unique needs of pilots, cabin crew, aircraft maintenance engineers, catering staff, ground staff, and other service delivery professionals working in the aviation industry. In partnership with Center for Aviation Psychology, we provide specialist services to Aviation Personnel and Aviation Medical Examiners (AME). Our team of clinical and aviation psychologists are industry experts and our services include but are not limited to

Individual consultation for aircrew and aviation personnel dealing with

  • psychological issues, personal or work related
  • familial, relational, interpersonal issues
  • stress following any critical incident

Psychological assessments and reporting:

  • Comprehensive psychological assessments as part of regulatory requirements
  • Neurocognitive assessments as part of comprehensive psychological assessment

AME support:

  • Consultation, education and support in aviation mental health
  • Psychological fitness for duty 
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