Study: 1 in 8 Active Commercial Pilots May Suffer from Depression

A new international survey finds that about 13% of commercial pilots worldwide may be suffering from depression, and roughly 4% report they had suicidal thoughts in the last two weeks.depression

The anonymous survey included nearly 1,850 pilots from more than 50 countries. The authors of the study suggest that depressed pilots are not seeking for a treatment of their depression because of the fear being grounded or damaging their careers.

Joseph Allen, a public health researcher at Harvard University in Boston and senior author of the study, says: “With roughly 140,000 active pilots flying more than 3 billion people worldwide each year, the survey results should put the airline industry on notice that many pilots need better access to mental health screening and treatment.”

More information about the survey is here.