It’s fair to say we’re all feeling more stress in our lives right now as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers with no clear endpoint in sight. How can we better manage that stress in these uncertain times? “I think a lot of people are really hard on themselves about the way they are feeling when it comes to stress,” said Dr. Greg Vanichkachorn of the Mayo Clinic. “So recognizing that you are stressed and realizing that this can happen is the first step.”
In this episode of NBAA’s Flight Plan, host Rob Finfrock speaks with:
Dr. Daniel Gilday, medical program director for AirCare International and an ER physician
Matthew McNeil, president and clinical director for LiftEffect and a commercial airline captain
Dr. Greg Vanichkachorn, senior associate consultant and senior aviation medical examiner at the Mayo Clinic
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Pilots – and others working in the aviation industry – often don’t report mental health issues, due to a fear of losing their livelihoods. Government and industry leaders, including NBAA, took part in an NTSB summit to discuss how to put an end to this practice and better provide help for those in need.
In the second part of our conversation about mental wellness, experts offer advice on what pilots should do when disclosing a condition such as depression or anxiety to their AME and how to ensure their case is addressed in a timely manner.
In the first of a two-part series, experts share their perspectives about where the business aviation community stands on mental wellness matters, and what pilots might expect if they disclose a concern such as anxiety or depression to their aviation medical examiner.