The 2017 Search and Rescue Conference will be held this month over the 24 May at The Star Hotel Gold Coast, Queensland. The conference again follows the Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, running consecutively at the same venue.
Mr Kevin Humphreys, Chief Pilot with QLD Government Air joins us this month on the Gold Coast to discuss ‘The Layman’s Lived Experience of Mental Health’.
The stigma of mental health remains unhealthily alive and well at the organisational and individual level. One person and one conversation at a time we can change the perception of mental health to understand that it doesn’t discriminate between white or blue collar, men or women. Indeed understanding mental health is just as important as knowing your company’s operating procedures and embracing the latest technological advancements.
Having struggled with mental health issues, culminating in a breakdown and nine months off work, Kevin has returned to the top of his game. He speaks about the battle he won and provides a path for those in uniform showing mental illness is normal, manageable and recoverable for the majority of people.
He is a Community Ambassador for the R U OK? Foundation and Welfare representative for the Australian Federation of Air Pilots to help promote awareness of mental health as well as addiction issues where the parallels to mental health are striking (stigma of addiction/social impact/incongruence with flying/motivation to return to flying/rehabilitation).
With 45% of people suffering from some kind of mental health issue at some stage of their life, normalisation of the topic is required. Normalisation is required so that management can better do their job and to encourage self-reporting and early intervention to achieve the best possible outcomes for the individual, the organisation and the community.
For more information on the 2017 Search and Rescue Conference and to secure your spot, visit www.sar.anzdmc.com.au.
Tags: QLD Government Air, Qld Police Service