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Should Pilots Be Subject To Full Mental Health Record Checks?

In light of questions about the mental health of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who seems to have deliberately crashed Flight 9525, should pilots be subject to full mental health record checks?

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last 24 hours | cambridge-news.c
We must not let the Germanwings tragedy increase mental health stigma, says ... - Cambridge News
"..."I understand the desire for a rational explanation of what happened, but I know that in my 16 years of General Practice I have seen many thousands of patients with depression, but I have never known anyone deliberately harm a group of strangers." ..." see full article

1374 days ago | mondaq
Mental Health At Work: Germanwings And Beyond - Mondaq News Alerts (registration)
"..."Anti-discrimination law, while challenging and sometimes burdensome for employers, has been a major factor in lifting the veil. Employers have an obligation to their people, and to themselves, not to forget what they have learned, and not to step backward from the progress they have already made."..." see full article

1375 days ago | mirror.c
Girlfriend of British Germanwings crash victim refuses to blame mentally ill ... -

"..."Speaking of her loss for the first time, music student Anneli told the Sunday People: I cannot hate or blame someone for being sick. "..." see full article

1377 days ago | lexology
Germanwings tragedy highlights important mental health considerations for ... - Lexology (registration)
"..."For industries where public safety is an issue, the decision to require medical and mental health evaluations is easier, and is even required in many industries by law or regulation."..." see full article

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1378 days ago | insidecounsel
Germanwings tragedy evokes labor and employment concerns regarding mental ... - InsideCounsel
"..."One question that arises, however, is if companies have the power to remove a worker who might be a danger to others. Mavity notes that in industries regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT), such as trucking companies or airlines, DOT guidelines can trump the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as companies in these industries are given the power to remove a person in the event of a safety risk."..." see full article

1380 days ago | insidecounsel
Germanwings tragedy evokes labor and employment concerns regarding mental ... - InsideCounsel
"..."But, with the recent news that a pilot for Germanwings may have caused a fatal plane crash that resulted in the loss of dozens of lives and the recent revelations that the pilot in question was suffering from depression the issue of mental health can no longer take a back seat."..." see full article

1381 days ago | ndtv
Germanwings Crash Prompts Re-Look at Mental Health Assessment of Pilots in ... - NDTV
"..."Officials, however, pointed out that a Germanwings-like situation on an Indian carrier is unlikely given civil aviation rules (CAR) that mandate the presence of a member of the cabin crew in the cockpit until the pilot returns."..." see full article

1383 days ago | newindianexpress
DGCA to Bring Norms for Assessing Pilots' Mental Health - The New Indian Express
"..."Aviation regulator DGCA has initiated comprehensive discussions with Directorate of Medical Services for formulating new norms for assessing the mental health of pilots which may include regular checkups."..." see full article

1383 days ago | theguardian
Myths and realities of mental health - The Guardian

"..."For a more compassionate society, we need radically to rethink our attitudes to mental illness and developmental disabilities; not us and them, but all of us together."..." see full article

1384 days ago | prweek
Mental health groups demand more responsible media coverage after ... - PR Week
"..."We wanted to urge the media to report responsibly, avoiding gross generalizations and sweeping statements that connected the vast issue of mental health problems with the unique tragedy of the Germanwings crash," Mind's celebrities and ambassadors manager Camilla Swain says."..." see full article

1385 days ago | csmonitor
Germanwings tragedy puts mental health advocates on defensive (+video) - Christian Science Monitor
"..." Majorly depressed patients, who are suicidal, they usually don't take anyone with them, and if they do, that is mostly psychotically depressed patients, like a mother who takes her children, she says."..." see full article

1386 days ago | newyorker
No, Psychiatry Could Not Have Prevented the Germanwings Disaster - The New Yorker

"..."It is comforting to think that Lubitz was mentally ill. That would mean, among other things, that wise doctors could have figured out what the problem was and have fixed it, or at least they could identify it in other potential Lubitzes. But it is unlikely that even the best psychiatric evaluation would have prevented the Germanwings disaster. The depravity of the human heart cannot be contained in a vessel as flimsy as a psychiatric diagnosis."..." see full article

1386 days ago | reuters
Germanwings crash triggers debate on confidentiality taboo | Reuters

"..."Privacy is fiercely guarded in Germany, a reaction to the mass surveillance carried out by the Gestapo in the Nazi era and the Stasi in post-war communist East Germany. Concerns have been heightened by revelations from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that the U.S. National Security Agency snooped on its allies, including Merkel."..." see full article

1387 days ago | nytimes
Chirlane McCray, on the Germanwings Co-Pilots Mental Health

"..."Federal Aviation Administration regulations require pilots to undergo a physical examination at least once a year. How about making sessions with a mental health professional similarly routine instead of relying on self-monitoring and self-disclosure?"..." see full article

1387 days ago | npr
Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health - NPR (blog)

"..."Is there a risk in having an evaluation? Yes," Segal says. "Is there risk in not having an evaluation? Yes. So, if you have objective facts and you say, 'We're not saying you are a risk; we're not saying you're not. We just want you to be evaluated,' I think you're in a prudent position."..." see full article

1387 days ago | fayobserver
Co-pilot's records note 'suicidal tendencies' in Germanwings plane ...
"..."How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people?"..." see full article

1388 days ago | nytimes
Chirlane McCray, on the Germanwings Co-Pilot's Mental Health - New York Times

"..." My experience is that there's a lot of support among the aviation community for getting treatment, he said, adding that he supported the F.A.A.'s change in policy because before it was made, pilots were going to outside doctors for mental health treatment and concealing it from their employers. Whether the crash of Flight 9525 will prompt calls for the agency to revert to its earlier conservatism remains to be seen. I hope not, said Dr. Vuorio, the Finnish researcher. This is a good practice, in good hands. "..." see full article

1388 days ago | nydailynews
Push for tougher mental health rules after Germanwings crash - New York Daily News

"... But when you're talking about public safety, some privacy is often given up. ..." see full article

1389 days ago |
Germanwings accident shows it's time to drop stigma around mental health - The Age
"..."The labelling of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings aircraft, as someone with depression and that somehow, this is linked with him wanting to take the lives of complete strangers could not be further from the truth. Years of research into mental ill-health has highlighted that individuals with depression are not at an increased risk of committing acts of violence, which we don't even know if Andreas was experiencing at the time of the flight. And further, it now creates that much more of a barrier for pilots who are suffering with mental illness but are also highly competent at what they do, to gain the appropriate support they require for fear of losing work."..." see full article

1390 days ago | cbsnews
Should FAA require mental health exams for US pilots? - CBS News

"..."We can't just go along now with the system the way that it is, and hope for the best," says Thomas Daly, dean of the aviation program at Dowling College in New York. "At this time, we have to go back now and say the psychological screening has to take place in more than one area at a time." ... Since 2010, the FAA has actually eased requirements as a way of encouraging pilots to report medical conditions."..." see full article

1391 days ago | huffingtonpost
The Way We Talk About Mental Illness After Tragedies Like Germanwings ... - Huffington Post

"..."People who are depressed are not likely to be violent. If they were, we'd all be in trouble: One in five of us will experience a serious mental health issue at some point in our lives, but only 3-5 percent of violent acts in the United States are committed by an individual with serious mental illness -- a tiny fraction of the country's violent crimes. "..." see full article

1392 days ago | foxnews
Who's flying our planes? The Germanwings crash raises questions about mental ... - Fox News

"..."Yet, there have been concerns about the mounting pressure being put on commercial pilots due to lack of sleep and the financial woes of carriers as they grapple with cuts to pilots' benefits and pensions."..." see full article

1392 days ago | livescience
Germanwings Crash: Mental Illness Alone Does Not Explain Co-Pilot's Behavior ... - Live Science
"..."Most people with mental health disorders do not hurt other people, studies show. Other factors, such as feelings of isolation or anger, or drug and alcohol abuse, are often involved when people commit unimaginable acts, such as deliberately crashing a plane, said Seena Fazel, a professor of forensic psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England. "..." see full article

1392 days ago | nbcnews
After Germanwings Crash, Testing of Pilots' Mental Health in Spotlight -

"...""The system relies on pilots self-declaring, so unless a pilot is honest about an alcohol problem or a psychiatric disorder, there's no guarantee a problem would be spotted," aviation psychologist Diane Damos, whose company specializes in pilot selection and screening, told NBC News last year."..." see full article

1392 days ago | theatlantic
Depressed Doesn't Mean Dangerous - The Atlantic

"..."Criminal. Crazy. Suicidal. That Valls would group those three words together says a lot. It hints at a dangerous equivalence. Suicidal doesn't equal homicidal. Criminal doesn't equal crazy. And crazy is an unkind thing to call someone who's suffering."..." see full article

1392 days ago | mashable
The problem isn't if the Germanwings pilot had a mental illness, it's ...
"..."Pilots, like other employees whose jobs are intricately tied to public safety, must navigate a complicated relationship between their personal and professional lives. While most mental health conditions are unlikely to affect a pilot's performance, the Federal Aviation Administration takes the precaution of temporarily grounding pilots who are being treated for depression. They can return to work after a clinician evaluates their condition as "stable" over a period of six months."..." see full article

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