Airplane pilot mental health and suicidal thoughts: a cross-sectional descriptive study via anonymous web-based survey
OPEN Environmental health : a global access science source | 16 Dec 2016
AC Wu, D Donnelly-McLay, MG Weisskopf, E McNeely, TS Betancourt and JG Allen
The Germanwings Flight 9525 crash has brought the sensitive subject of airline pilot mental health to the forefront in aviation. Globally, 350 million people suffer from depression-a common mental disorder. This study provides further information on this important topic regarding mental health especially among female airline pilots. This is the first study to describe airline pilot mental health-with a focus on depression and suicidal thoughts-outside of the information derived from aircraft accident investigations, regulated health examinations, or identifiable self-reports, which are records protected by civil aviation authorities and airline companies.
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