Aviation professionals are only human and so can face mental health struggles especially now during COVID. Let’s face it – aviation has been hit HARD by COVID. We’ve put together an amazing list of FREE resources available to you for when you’re struggling. So many people don’t even know they exist. Make sure you bookmark this page for your aviation business!
Note – these resources are Australian based but if you’re reading this from America, check your local state and territory. There are a lot of resources available for you too. Many free too!
Let’s Say Goodbye to Mental Health Stigma
Here at Off The Ground Marketing, we are passionate about raising awareness of mental health in aviation and also changing the narrative around it. That is the stigma still associated with mental health in aviation. This prevents many pilots and other aviation professionals speaking up about mental health struggles. They suffer in silence. Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of shame and discrimination around mental health in aviation. But we all play a part in changing this. As an aviation business do your part and openly encourage and talk about mental health challenges.
List of Australian Organisations Dedicated to Mental Health
The following are non-government organisations that provide help and support for mental health in Australia. Please note there are many more but for the sake of brevity, we have stuck with the most common and popular ones.
Beyondblue – 1300 22 4636
BeyondBlue does amazing work with anxiety and depression in Australia. Its currently estimated that 3 million Australians live with anxiety and depression. A large percentage of these would be in the aviation sector especially now with the pandemic. BeyondBlue is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their number is 1300 22 4636. Their website is full of useful resources including even a podcast.
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Did you know that every 30 seconds, a person in Australia calls Lifeline for help? This just goes to show just how many people struggle with mental health. So, it’s an issue that can’t be ignored. Lifeline is a 24-hour, 7 day a week crisis support and suicide prevention hotline. They are staffed by volunteers who are trained, and you can remain anonymous when you ring. Their website also contains useful information and resources.
The Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit platform for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental health disorders like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Their website contains information on when and where to get help, access support groups and more.
MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78
MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service available to men anywhere, anytime in Australia. Aimed just at men, it is an invaluable resource that helps them deal and face their problems in a way that makes sense to men. Their website is also full of great information.
Careline – 1800 122 288
Careline is a Christian crisis support service where you can phone up for a chat and even have someone to pray with. They are all about offering a caring conversation. They can provide a direct referral service to 24-hour crisis support services. Check out their website to learn more.
Help is available and we hope you make use of these resources when needed.
Please share them with your aviation community and even family and friends. Often people don’t even realise all this help is available.