Right now, it’s leading most national and international news reports:
- WSJ: Lubitz Was in Treatment for Suicide Risk
- NYT: Co-Pilot Was Treated for Suicidal Tendencies
- NPR: Germanwings Crash: Co-Pilot Was Treated For Suicidal Tendencies
- BBC: Alps crash: Lubitz ‘had treatment for suicidal tendencies’
Which got me to thinking….
In our society, we make quite a fetish of medical privacy. Which makes me wonder — if we were all more open about our health conditions, including our psychological conditions, and didn’t have a legal climate that made disclosing patient information a cardinal sin for providers, might it prevent tragedies such as this one?
I’m not saying I have any idea how to bring that about — it’s so ingrained in us as a significant value. And true, it’s not every day that a pilot deliberately flies a plane full of people into a mountain.
It’s just an idle thought, and probably a complete non sequitur…