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  • Anxiety more likely than depression to lead to suicide
  • Modifying EAP communication may bolster involvement
  • Meditation has 'some benefit against anxiety, depression and pain'
  • Severe mental illness raises risk for substance abuse
  • Study: Employers lack sympathy for bereaved workers
  • Scientists determine how treatment for anxiety disorders quells fear neurons
  • Workplace saliva testing used in UK to detect staff stress
  • Longer hours, more stress: The new reality in the Canadian workplace
  • Supportive workplaces: The gift that keeps on giving
  • Better technology brings benefits of telepsychiatry to rural areas
  • Training experts: Drastic changes coming to traditional business structures

  • Anxiety more likely than depression to lead to suicide
    Decoded Science
    Which mental health conditions are most likely to lead to suicidal thoughts and behavior? According to several recent studies, anxiety, more than depression, is a strong risk factor for suicide. Researchers learned that patients with anxiety were more likely than those without anxiety to report suicidal thoughts. Furthermore, those with anxiety were also more likely to have attempted suicide, completed suicide, or demonstrated any suicidal behaviors at all. This was true of all anxiety disorders, other than Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
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    Modifying EAP communication may bolster involvement
    Business Insurance
    Many impediments that employers encounter in leveraging an employee assistance program to manage direct and indirect costs associated with mental health disorders can be addressed by modifying their program's communication strategy. Advertising an EAP's less intrusive services can draw employees into the program without fear of incurring negative attention from their co-workers or managers, said Bruce Elliott, compensation and benefits manager for the Alexandria, Va.-based Society for Human Resource Management.
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    Meditation has 'some benefit against anxiety, depression and pain'
    Medical News Today
    A review of the published scientific evidence has found that relaxation programs involving meditation offer a small benefit to people with a medical condition, including effects against depression similar in size to those achieved with antidepressant drugs. The researchers found evidence of "moderate quality" in the medical literature to suggest that mindfulness meditation programs resulted in small improvements in anxiety, depression and pain.
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    Severe mental illness raises risk for substance abuse
    PsychCentral
    A new study finds substance abuse is higher among individuals with severe mental illness. Researchers discovered people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and similar conditions have a higher risk for substance use — especially cigarette smoking — and protective factors usually associated with lower rates of substance use do not exist in severe mental illness.
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    Study: Employers lack sympathy for bereaved workers
    Personnel Today
    One-third (32 percent) of employed people who suffered a bereavement in the past five years said they were not treated with compassion by their employer, and 87 percent of people surveyed believed that all employers should have a compassionate employment policy, which includes paid bereavement leave, flexible working and other support. The research, Life after death: six steps to improve support in bereavement, also found that more than half of the 4,000 people polled would consider leaving their job if their employer did not provide proper support if someone close to them died.
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    Scientists determine how treatment for anxiety disorders quells fear neurons
    The Almagest
    A new study in mice, published online in Neuron, reports that exposure therapy remodels an inhibitory junction in the amygdala, a brain region important for fear in mice and humans. The findings improve understanding of how exposure therapy suppresses fear responses and may aid in developing more effective treatments.
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    Workplace saliva testing used in UK to detect staff stress
    ABC
    In the U.K., sick leave is costing the economy 14 billion pounds a year and, according to Workplace Australia, the cost to local businesses is more than $10 billion. So it makes sense that there is a big push to find a solution for this common malady, and that is where mobile saliva testing technology comes into play.
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    Longer hours, more stress: The new reality in the Canadian workplace
    The Province
    Workplace experts predict Canadians will spend more time on the job as workloads mount, people remain nervous about their jobs and employers increasingly expect employees to answer emails and texts at any time of day. Overall family work hours have been on the rise, according to StatsCan. The combined weekly work hours of Canadian couples jumped to 64.8 in 2008 from 57.6 in 1976 — the equivalent of almost another full day of work per week, the federal agency says.
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    Supportive workplaces: The gift that keeps on giving
    By Michael J. Berens
    The start of a new year is the time for evaluating performance and deciding who will get the bigger carrot and who will get the bigger stick. Your employees' hearts and minds may be focused on their wallets, but studies show that employee satisfaction and productivity are greatly influenced by their work environment in the long run, perhaps even more so than by their compensation or bonuses. What's more, new research suggests the work environment also affects how employees regard the organization's leadership.
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    Better technology brings benefits of telepsychiatry to rural areas
    Psychiatric News
    Telepsychiatry and other long-distance options for providing mental health care can help overcome problems related to location and distribution of specialty mental health services but should not be seen as a panacea for delivering care to rural areas in the United States, reported a research and policy brief from the Maine Rural Health Research Center.
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    Training experts: Drastic changes coming to traditional business structures
    HR.BLR
    Major changes in the workplace will occur in 2014 as "old-school" management protocols and practices give way to fast-moving, as well as more productive and more satisfying, models for engaging employees, according to Fierce, Inc., leadership development and training experts. The insights and predictions are based upon Fierce, Inc.'s training experiences with organizations ranging from Fortune-level companies to startups and nonprofits around the globe.
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