Do not blame depression for flight crashes

Was the poor pilot who crashed the plane into the Alp hills depressed?
And does it matter?
I am now seeing all these psychoanalytical profiles of Andreas Lubitz, where he becomes the face of mental illness.
The fight against stigma in psychiatric diseases goes in reverse.
Facts are:
Depression is an illness.
It can be healed.
You can also become depressed by cancer.
Or life.
Or by being a politician, as former No 10 and Tony Blair press secretary Alastair Campbel writes so eloquently 
Starting to stigmatize all people with mental illness will NOT make airlines safer.
What we need is more research, and less stigma.
Only then will pilots be able, as everyone else, to be open and frank with this disease, and get the right treatment.

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