How Mental Illness Affects the Friendly Skies

How Mental Illness Affects the Friendly Skies

In light of the recent Lufthansa/Germanwings crash, much attention has been given to the rigors afforded to monitoring pilots' health. This new concern based, at least partially, on this isolated incident, replaces the old concern about the pilot's sobriety. The problem is these are both generalizations and stereotypes. In this article featured on the Healthy Place website, you can read about the screening process pilots undergo to be cleared to provide travel. Per Christina Hali, a pilot and mental health advocate, "Stigma may deter airline pilots from pursuing treatment for depression and the special medical certificate…— Read more
Depression By The Numbers

Depression By The Numbers

Depression, just the sound of the word is, well, depressing. Depression affects so many of us. Just how many? This article on Healthline.com shares recent statistics on the prevalence of depression in our country and around the world. Over 350 million people from around the world suffer from depression. It is most common in women aged 45-64. Two of the major contributing factors are unemployment and a recent divorce. But don't let the numbers get you down. If you're feeling depressed this article has five very concrete actions that can be taken to improve…— Read more
Evidence Shows Violence Is Extremely Rare Among the Mentally Ill

Evidence Shows Violence Is Extremely Rare Among the Mentally Ill

We would all like to have an answer when tragedy occurs. We look for signs that could have alerted us to the threat, sometimes they are there; other times they are not. In the case of the Germanwings pilot who recently crashed a plane with 150 people aboard, mental illness seems to have played a role. But as Jeffrey Swanson, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University who studies violence and mental illness, points out: “It’s important not to use this direct causal language,” he says. “When there is a terrible incident and…— Read more
Use 2-1-1 To Find Out About Local Resources

Use 2-1-1 To Find Out About Local Resources

In papers across the nation yesterday, a dear friend to many, the woman known as Abby as in Dear Abby (aka-Pauline Phillips) shared a valuable resource, the availability of 2-1-1. When dialed, this phone number connects you with an operator that can guide you to local resources for a variety of needs. Make sure you and others know about 2-1-1. Find the excerpt below. DEAR ABBY: We are writing in response to the question you printed (Jan. 13) about where to find affordable counseling. Your suggestions were helpful, but we want to share another…— Read more
First Lady Michelle Obama Supports Mental Health First Aid

First Lady Michelle Obama Supports Mental Health First Aid

The time is now to create a new story in America about mental health, mental illness and wellness. The "Change Direction" initiative was inspired by the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newton tragedy. The purpose of the campaign is to: free us to see our mental health as having equal value to our physical health encourage us to recognize the signs of emotional suffering in ourselves and others spur us to care for our mental well-being and the mental well-being of others…— Read more