Meantal Health Summit Flyer

Navigating Mental Health in Aviation

​​​On Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. EST, NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy will host “Navigating Mental Health in Aviation.” ​​The summit's purpose is to examine the unintended consequences of the current system for evaluating mental fitness in the aviation workforce, identify how we can better support those in the aviation industry, and ultimately make aviation safer for all. The summit will be held at the NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. 

The summit will bring together safety experts from the aviation industry, academia, the mental health profession, and governme​​nt, and is open to the public. A recording will be made available after. 

Watch event sessions on NTSB YouTube playlist​

Read Summit Safety Expert Bios

Download Agenda 


​9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

​Welcome/Opening Remarks - Chair Homendy

​10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

​Panel 1 - ​FAA's Approach to Mental Health: First-Person Accounts​

​11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m​.

​Panel 2 - Our Current Approach to Evaluating Mental Illness:
Views from FAA, Providers, and ​​​Researchers​​

​12:30 - 1:30 p.m​.

​ Break​

​ 1:30  - 3:30 p.m.​

R​oundtable Discussion - The Future of Mental Health in Aviation: Where We Go From Here​​​

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.  ​

​ Final Discussion and Takeaways​

4:00 ​ - 4:30 p.m. ​

​Closing Remarks - Chair Homendy​

Download panelist presentations​​​:

Elizabeth Bjerke, PhD - Systematic Collaborative Approach

​Emmanuel Robinson, PhD - State of Mental Health in America

Quay Synder, MD - Navigating Mental Health in Aviation​