Germanwings media coverage adds to stigmaThe crash of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 is a truly tragic situation. In light of some of the emerging details regarding the pilot’s mental health, many will make false assumptions about depression and other mental illnesses and connect them to violent behavior; assumptions that are not based on science or statistics. Negative or inaccurate comments about mental illness seen in media coverage and on social networks will only serve to push those experiencing symptoms of mental illness further away from an open dialogue with their friends and family, or the potential for successful treatment. It’s important that we continue to work to end the prejudice against mental illness so that those who are hurting will seek help and not hide their pain for fear of judgement, isolation, or job loss.
A number of good articles and statements have been released about this tragedy as it relates to our discussion about mental health. If you have any to add to our list, please leave us a comment.
*Newly added* Exploring differences between depression and the actions of the pilot Thank you, Wendy, for contributing this article!
Dana joined the iCarol team in 2013 after 12 years of direct service and administrative duties at a suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and empathetic listening helpline that also served as a 2-1-1 information and referral service. As the Communications and Social Media Manager at iCarol, you’ll find her presenting Webinars, Tweeting, Blogging, Facebooking, and producing other materials that aid helplines in their work.
In her spare time, Dana enjoys birdwatching, gardening, animal caregiving, and spending time with her family.