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  • 'Call for Proposals' for 2015 World EAP Conference in San Diego opens
  • UK employer groups support public workplace mental health reporting
  • Schizophrenia consists of 8 different genetic diseases
  • Working extra hours linked to risky alcohol use
  • Military suicides up slightly in 2014
  • Stressed employees are bad for business
  • Workers battling the post-holiday blues
  • Criteria for stress-related injury claims in UK clarified
  • Multinational group looks to tackle depression in the workplace
  • Industry-specific EAPs offer added value
  • Nurses rally saying workplace violence is an epidemic

  • 'Call for Proposals' for 2015 World EAP Conference in San Diego opens
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    The Call for Proposals for EAPA's 2015 Annual World EAP Conference in San Diego is now open. The conference will be held Sept. 28-Oct. 2 at the award-winning and newly renovated Town and Country Resort Hotel, located on 32 lushly landscaped acres with the relaxing atmosphere of a secluded resort, but just minutes from downtown San Diego, sandy beaches, the world famous San Diego zoo, and other attractions. Attendees from more than 40 countries are expected to participate. The conference theme is "Blue Sky in San Diego: EAP in the 21st Century." Focus areas for the conference are: Engaging with stakeholders, Defining and demonstrating the EA value proposition, Serving individual clients, Enhancing the EAP/work organization partnership, and Looking beyond the horizon. Deadline for all proposals is Feb. 20.
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    UK employer groups support public workplace mental health reporting
    Personnel Today
    Workplace mental health should be a board-level issue, given the well-established business case. Too many senior leadership teams still do not receive breakdowns of absence by cause, meaning the significance of mental health related absence remains hidden. The minute you start putting this level of information into board reports, people start taking notice. The old maxim of "what gets measured gets managed" needs extending to "what gets publicly reported will get managed better." High EAP utilization can be a positive form of reporting. Increasing the quality of the narrative in annual reports around mental health provides a positive picture of the organization's approach, boosting brand reputation. This is a massive opportunity for organizations to go on the front foot, demonstrating to investors that they walk the talk on "our people are our greatest asset."
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    Schizophrenia consists of 8 different genetic diseases
    Medical Xpress
    Scientists from the universities of Granada, Spain, and Washington in St. Louis have found that there is not a single type of schizophrenia, but that it consists of a group made up of eight genetically different types of diseases, each of which presents its own set of symptoms. This important find, published recently by the prestigious American Journal of Psychiatry, could be an important first step towards a better diagnosis and treatment of this disease, which affects approximately 1 percent of world population.
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    Working extra hours linked to risky alcohol use
    Medical News Today
    Last year, a survey revealed that Americans are working longer hours than ever before, with almost 4 in 10 people employed full-time working more than 50 hours each week. Now, a new study finds these individuals may be more likely to engage in risky alcohol consumption, putting them at higher risk of alcohol-related health problems — such as liver disease, mental disorders and heart disease
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    Military suicides up slightly in 2014
    Medical Xpress
    Suicides among members of the active-duty military personnel rose slightly in 2014, led by increases in the number of sailors and airmen who took their own lives, new Defense Department figures show. There were fewer suicides by Army soldiers and Marines, the two services that have seen the most combat in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade. According to preliminary Pentagon data, there were 288 confirmed and suspected suicides by active-duty personnel in 2014, compared with 286 in 2013. Both totals, however, represent a sharp drop from the 2012 number of 352.
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    Stressed employees are bad for business
    The Huffington Post
    Anyone who's ever had a job will tell you that stress and work go hand in hand. And you know what? They're right. The job-stress connection isn't new. It's been around as long as the concept of employment. So why should businesses worry about it? And why now? There's a simple answer: Employee stress costs every company money. Sometimes, a lot of money. And it's a bigger problem now than ever before.
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    Workers battling the post-holiday blues
    BenefitsPro
    Have things been moving a bit slower at the office since the end of the holiday break? Is it a little harder to get employees motivated in the early days of the new year? Don't worry; you're not the only one tackling the post-holiday blues. The letdown in energy following the holiday season has many names: post holiday blues, Boxing Day blues (in England), or post holiday tension — whatever the name, it's common for workers to feel a letdown after the energy and excitement that naturally come with the holidays. Getting back to the 8-5 grind with no big events on the near horizon can be daunting for anyone.
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    Criteria for stress-related injury claims in UK clarified
    Personnel Today
    According to a recent report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, "almost one in four British adults experience a diagnosable mental health problem at any given time." Howard Hymanson, partner at Harbottle & Lewis LLP, looks at when employers might be liable for stress-related injury at work.
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    Multinational group looks to tackle depression in the workplace
    Financial Post
    A prominent Canadian mental health advocate is forming what he calls a "business and science alliance" to broaden the campaign against depression at work into a major "rethink" of how mental illness is studied and approached. He hopes to create a partnership of business and science throughout Europe, Canada and the United States, with pilot projects and clinical trials in workplaces. He is also asking companies to allow pilot projects with their employees, trying the variety of tools, programs, policies and approaches that have been developed to manage, reduce and prevent depression in the workplace. These projects will be scientifically validated to determine what works and can be turned into a "best practices" guide for employers around the world.
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    Industry-specific EAPs offer added value
    Employee Benefit News
    Employee assistance programs are a popular component of an employer's benefit package; one that benefit advisers can help make more effective by tailoring their client's EAP toward industry-specific needs. While EAPs have typically been thought of as call centers for employees with substance abuse or other employee counseling needs, such programs have evolved in recent times to include services such as on-site crisis counseling, financial counseling and even identity theft protection. But employee needs can vary from one industry to the next, and benefit advisers can offer a real value-add by working with employers to tailor their EAPs to include those services that meet the needs of their specific employee population.
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    Nurses rally saying workplace violence is an epidemic
    ABC Action News
    National Nurses United wants lawmakers to force all hospitals to implement policies that protect health care workers from violence. The union calls violence towards nurses in hospitals an epidemic. Louise Eastty works as a nurse in the intensive care unit of a Pasco County hospital in Florida. She has witnessed coworkers sent to the emergency room because a patient or a patient's relative assaults them.
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