The Pilot Mental Health Campaign (PMHC) is dedicated to advocating for modernized mental health policies in the aviation industry. Our mission is to build a future where pilots are empowered to seek the mental health treatment they need without the fear of career repercussions, thereby making skies safer for everyone.
We believe that the stigma surrounding mental health in the aviation community has been worsened by archaic regulations that make full disclosure difficult. According to one recent study, 56% of aviators reported a history of healthcare avoidance behavior due to fear of losing their medical certificate. While the FAA ostensibly permits pilots to use one of five antidepressants, the process is so restrictive that only 0.1% of pilots currently use it. Pilots are not seeking the care they're entitled to because the aeromedical system stigmatizes it.
Pilots and the flying public deserve better. That's why we've launched the Pilot Mental Health Campaign. Together, we're initiating efforts to lobby Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for revisions to these outdated rules. Our approach combines policy research with public awareness campaigns designed to move the aeromedical system into the 21st century.
We will actively collaborate with aviation industry stakeholders, medical professionals, and advocacy groups to develop a holistic solution to this complex issue. Through these multi-faceted initiatives, we aim to create an environment where pilots are not discouraged from disclosing mental health issues and may seek the care they need whenever they need it.
But we need your help! These regulations have created deep and enduring stigmatization that will require a concerted effort to undo. With your support, we are confident that we can break down barriers, challenge existing stigmas, and pave the way for comprehensive change in how the aviation industry addresses pilot mental health.