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Something every airline pilot should ask themselves before stepping onto an airline flight deck: “Am I in the green?” The question is a reference to the IMSAFE checklist, a self-assessment tool for pilots to determine physical and mental wellness in preparation for each flight. The six-letter acronym stands for illness, medication, stress, alcohol, fatigue, and emotion.

The last evaluation component, emotion, addresses mental wellbeing, and the colors of the Mental Health Continuum help you gauge the state of your mental health based on your attitude, behavior, and adherence to certain social norms.



Self-evaluation is critical. So . . . Are you in the green? If the answer is “no,” ALPA’s Pilot Peer Support (PPS) program is available if and when you need help.

Regulators in the United States and Canada are taking a more progressive and transparent approach to mental health issues in aviation and recognize that, in many cases, the key to recovery is early intervention through peer programs like PPS.

What Is PPS?

PPS is a network of pilot volunteers who help fellow ALPA members deal with stress from any source—financial concerns, family or relationship problems, or any other work or personal issues. PPS volunteers are available to listen and offer confidential, nonjudgmental support to ALPA members in the United States and Canada.

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Get Help

We are available for ALPA members 24/7/365.

If you are not an ALPA member, but you need help or to simply talk with someone:

  National Hotline for Mental Health Crises & Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

  Samaritans: Call or Text 877-870-HOPE (4673)

  Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741

  Friendship Line: 800-971-0016

  Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 (press 1) or Text 838255

  National Youth Crisis Hotline: Call 800-852-8336 (6 p.m.–10 p.m. PST)

Canadian Suicide Crisis Helpline: Call 9-8-8

Listen to the In the Green Podcast

Episode 1: What Does Being in the Green Mean?

Episode 2: Strategies for Staying Mentally Fit for Duty

Episode 3: Pilot Peer Support in Action

Episode 4: The FAA’s Mental Health and Aviation Medical Clearances ARC


Stress is a normal reaction during a difficult time.

Talk early, talk often.

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Pilots in Action

Nearly 50 PSA LEC #70 members and ALPA President Jason Ambrosi attend a May 21 Pilot Unity Building event at a Washington Nationals baseball game to promote ALPA's "Are You in the Green?" campaign.

The “Are You in the Green” campaign is an Association-wide effort spearheaded by the ALPA Air Safety Organization’s (ASO) Pilot Assistance Group together with its Pilot Peer Support program. For more information, contact the administrators at:

ALPA members interested in volunteering for PPS should review the ASO’s training schedule or contact EAS@alpa.org to find out more.