richard C wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:21 am
Considering that my daughter is desperately trying to pursue a career as a marine engineer - that is a little disturbing !!
NOT saying this is the case at all... for you!
But suicide is a combination of nurture and nature factors... life will deal you all kinds of things but how you deal with them is key.
Family history - depression, mental illness (and its amazing how many families DONT think that they have a form of mental illness... depression etc are massive problems with many in denial)... MANY families have un diagnosed issues in this regard.
Family support is key, ability to talk about emotions and problems without fear or judgement, acceptance of who they are (and not necessarily gender issues)...
I think the industry categorisation of suicide is a red herring to a greater or lesser degree... sure some industries are higher risk in terms of stress, but well rounded balanced individuals are able to either deal with it, or get out of it, without the stigma attached to being a surgeon and deciding the life is not for me and then going to start up a garden service...
I know of people who stay at home, with massive inheritances, no stress committing suicide... and they were straight (no gender issues), not stressed, but their perception of the world was skewed and they couldnt cope.
Suicide is to me one of the most tragic results of illness in our time, and if people just talked to one another, accepted one another and didnt judge we could go a long way to assisting those who consider it as an option...
From an aviation point of view... I question the merits of "screening"... perhaps creating the right work environment would be more productive... screening simply puts a "condition" attached to it and will ensure that pilots fear the diagnosis and avoid the classification of the "warning" signs... in other words they will not discuss depression, or other soft issues out of fear of being grounded.