Changing the Culture of Mental Health Can Help Us Prevent Tragedies

April 1, 2015 10:30 PM

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The tragic news of the crash of the Germanwings jetliner in the French Alps on March 24 caused immediate shock, sadness, and an outpouring of sympathy and concern for the families of those who perished. Initially, questions focused on pilot error, mechanical failure and the fear that perhaps the crash was an act of terrorism. Few would have considered the possibility that the crash resulted from a deliberate action by the 27-year-old co-pilot of the plane, Andreas Lubitz.

Now that that possibility has become the reality, the focus of the investigation has shifted to whether Andreas Lubitz had a diagnosed mental illness and whether, if he did, proper steps were taken to ensure that his condition was communicated to his employer. Reports indicate that Mr. Lubitz had be...

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