PATH Committee


Pilot Assistance Team Hotline

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The Pilot Assistance Team Hotline (PATH) was established to provide a source of support for pilots during difficult times. PATH is available for pilots seeking physiological, psychological, or medical assistance. Pilot peers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to guide their coworkers to all available resources.


AEROMEDICAL [click each to expand]

FAMILY ISSUES [click each to expand]



Caring for a Sick Family Member




Death in the Family

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Time off (Bereavement Absence) for a death in the immediate family is covered in the collective bargaining agreement. It is listed in several different sections, including details about Bereavement Absence as well as Bereavement Pay. Normally, you notify your Fleet Captain or Duty Officer of the death of the family member, and then you are released from duty. The Pilot Administrative Center may call or email you about Bereavement Pay.

Check the CBA for details, however, “immediate family” normally includes your spouse, child, parent, sister, bother, father in law, mother in law, grandparent or grandchild, including half and step relations.

It is possible that the remains of a deceased pilot, pilot’s spouse, pilot’s children, and the pilot’s parents may be shipped at company expense over the lines of the company. Contact your Fleet Captain for information, as this requires special permission.

Death in the family and grief can be major source of stress that can affect your fitness to fly. Taking time off from work might be necessary depending on the situation. Make sure you seek out friends, family, and professionals for emotional support. ALPA has several resources to help you get through this difficult time, including:

Pilot Assistance Team Hotline (PATH): Provides a source of support for pilots during difficult times. A trained ALPA pilot volunteer can be reached at 1-866-FDX-ALPA.  All calls are strictly confidential.

Aeromedical: According to the Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS), ALPA’s Aeromedical Office, psychological issues account for approximately one-third of the pilots who use their services. Most pilots return to flying after evaluation and treatment. AMAS has a program that maintains the medical privacy of pilots and is free of charge to all ALPA members in good standing. Contact ALPA Aeromedical at 303-341-4435.  

Finding a Counselor:
Here are some ideas for seeking a referral and choosing a counselor:

  1. Contact AMAS, the ALPA Aeromedical Office, at 303-341-4435.
  2. Ask for a referral from a medical professional you already work with and trust, such as a primary care physician.
  3. Ask friends or family if they can recommend someone.
  4. Search the list of in network providers on your health insurance website. Typically, you can specify gender, location, specialties, modality (online,  skype), and more.
  5. Contact CARE (Confidential Assistance & Resources for Everyone), formerly EAP, at 866-621-0130 (outside the U.S. call 44-208-987-6230, or visit and enter FedEx Pilots to log in.
  6. Search “behavioral health board providers” for your state or country.
  7. Contact your local community mental health center, university, church, or school.
  8. Shop online directories hosted by national organizations, such as

Update your beneficiaries with your current family situation, including but not limited to, life insurance, pass privileges, and 401(k).   

Remember: You are not alone. Reach out to trusted pilots, neighbors, family, and friends to seek recommendations. Additionally, ALPA is here to help you through good and bad times.

If you need further assistance, contact Pilot Assistance at, or call the Pilot Assistance Team Hotline, 866-FDX-ALPA.



Elder Care


Family Member with Substance Abuse Disorder/Addiction


Family Member with Mental Health Issue


Family and Medical Leave Act




Marriage and Domestic Partner




GENERAL [click each to expand]

MENTAL HEALTH [click each to expand]

Control What You Can Control


FAA's Mental Health Standards: Are They Reasonable?


Factors That Promote Resilience


ICAO Mental Well Being During COVID-19


Dealing with Job Insecurity, Work Stress, and Family Conflict of Employees


Leadership Coping Skills

An adaptable mindset and resilient approach can be powerful and valuable tools for performing in a time of crisis.

"It is never as good or as bad as it first seems."

This is an important rule in crisis management. It is a call to be mindful and execute wise action — not reaction — to chaotic events. It reminds you that the most important thing you may be able to control in an emergency, is your own actions.  This provides you the power to think clearly and logically. It enables you to make sense of the order behind the chaos, and focusing on the actionable data, instead of panic — or worse.

Keeping a steady stable mindset — “mind like water” — is a powerful tool when confronted with the barrage of bad news. Things are not good or bad — they just are — and having a mental approach that neither dismisses the danger nor overcomplicates it, is a powerful tool for managing stress. This approach seems particularly appropriate for addressing the inevitable mental health issues expected during this crisis. Understanding each day’s developments in context, as a challenge that we can overcome — instead of racing ahead and imagining oppressive months of curfew and financial distress — can give our minds space and capacity to process these challenges.
Taking care of ourselves, families, and crewmembers in a crisis situation, goes beyond ensuring their basic needs. It may also mean that additional care is needed to tend to our mental and emotional states - one of the most critical needs in crisis or emergency management.

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WOMEN'S HEALTH [click each to expand]