Mental Health and Wellbeing
2020 has been a monumental year not just in Aviation. It’s one where many lessons have been learned for the better or worse. The pilot role has always had a higher level of stress than many other jobs. This current crisis surpasses 9/11 many times over as a negative impact on the industry. Initially, pilots were very proactive in seeking information and communicating with each other but, as time went on, many withdrew and began to isolate themselves. Many suffered relationship breakdowns, financial ruin, self-medication through substance misuse, and self-harm. Aviation Insider is proud to collaborate with 4 fantastic companies all with an aviation background for pilots and for cabin crew.
The CAA has a publication which you can view here
Since the announcement of the UK CAP1695 & EASA CAT.GEN.MPA.215 aviation regulations governing Pilot Support Programmes over two years ago, KURA Human Factors have been at the heart of the Peer Support Programme arena. They have delivered training to the UK CAA, most recently providing Mental Health and Wellbeing training to the UK CAA’s Flight Operations Inspectors and sit between the regulator and operator to ensure compliance with the new regulatory framework. KHF currently provides a networked PSP that encompasses AOC holders from all over Europe. Kura’s innovative concept MAPS (Multi Airline Peer Support Programme) has created a community response to wellbeing with AOC holders recognizing the benefit of a Pilot Centric approach to peer support.
Kura Human Factors
Protecting Licences, Livelihoods, and Lives – Pilot Wellbeing and understanding human fallibility are at the core of Kura Human Factors. KHF provide a networked PSP that encompasses AOC holders from all over Europe with an innovative concept MAPS (Multi Airline Peer Support Programme). MAPS aims to tackle the stigma surrounding Mental Health that still exists in aviation. In addition to their Peer Support Programme MAPS they provide:
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Courses
- Suicide First Aid (SFA) Courses
- DWP funded CRM Trainer Courses
- CRM refresher training, encompassing wellbeing
- Part 145 HF courses for Engineering, encompassing wellbeing
- Mental Health and Wellbeing training for AOC holders.
- Their culturally diverse team of Pilots and Mental Health Professionals have the ability to support in multiple languages.