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EAPA announces course schedule for CEAP candidates
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
Planning on earning your CEAP credential this year? EAPA has just announced the 2014 schedule for Elevating Ethical Awareness, a course required of all CEAP candidates, and the Online CEAP Exam Prep Course. EAPA's courses are facilitated by experienced professionals who have a keen interest in supporting the EA profession and the CEAP credential. To view the course schedule and to register go to http://www.eapassn.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=968.
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US shows some improvements in behavioral health
A recent government survey indicates more Americans are getting the help they need in crucial areas — such as heroin addiction — and our nation’s behavioral health is improving in some aspects, including the abuse of prescription pain medications. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently released the results of its 2013 National Behavioral Health Barometer, a survey of Americans' behavioral health problems, from suicidal thoughts and underage drinking to rates of serious mental illness and substance abuse.
Survey: Few employers in Asia take measures to lessen stress
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Except in China, stress has been ranked as the No. 1 lifestyle risk factor — higher than physical inactivity and obesity — by all employers it surveyed in Asia and the Pacific, the professional services company Towers Watson said recently. However, only a third of the companies polled cited "improving the emotional and mental health of employees" among their priorities in developing health and productivity programs.
Study: Marijuana use may predispose offspring to drug addiction
Children of parents who have used marijuana may develop a drug addiction and compulsive behavior later in life, a study released recently found. Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai studied parental exposure to marijuana and the effects it has on the offspring in adulthood.
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Adult illicit drug users are far more likely to seriously consider suicide
Adults using illicit drugs are far more likely to seriously consider suicide than the general adult population, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The report finds that 3.9 percent of the nation's adult population aged 18 or older had serious thoughts about suicide in the past year, but that the rate among adult illicit drug users was 9.4 percent.
'Call for Proposals' for 2014 World EAP Conference — Deadline Feb. 18
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
The Call for Proposals for EAPA's 2014 Annual World EAP Conference in Orlando, Fla., is open. The conference will be held Sept. 28-Oct. 2 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel, located in the Walt Disney World® Resort, and ideally situated next to the Downtown Disney® Marketplace, Downtown Disney® West Side and Cirque du Soleil®. Attendees from more than 40 countries spanning the globe are expected to participate. Appropriately for this year's unique location, the conference theme is "Imagine. ..." Focus areas for the conference are: Innovative responses to a changing world; Learning from EAPs in other countries; Improving the EAP/affiliate provider partnership; Serving today's individual EAP client; Weaving the EAP into the fabric of work organizations; and Making a meaningful difference in the eyes of the EA purchaser. Deadline for all proposals is Feb. 18.
EAP a good starting point for companies to explore improvement
The Globe and Mail
Human resources leaders don't need to wait for their company to fund a big mental health improvement project in order to get started, Lucie Dutil, vice -president of human resources at Bell Canada, said. The first step is to leverage whatever resources are already in place in order to help any staff who may be suffering, she said. That includes looking at a company's EAP to see what services it includes, such as counseling or other programs, that can help the company and its managers and staff.
Early employer intervention can aid with workers' mental health
According to a 2013 Morneau study conducted in conjunction with Queen's University, workplace stress levels in Canada have doubled since 2009 and financial stress has tripled. Furthermore, mental health issues accounted for 1 out of the 4 inquiries to the company's employee assistance program services. "There really is opportunity for organizations to get better," Bill Morneau, executive chairman of Morneau Shepell, said.
EAPs part of what makes an employer family-friendly
More employers in the U.K. are introducing practical services that provide information to working parents, such as employee assistance programs, in an effort to rank as family-friendly workplaces. "PMI and health cash plans are very attractive when they are not just for the employee but embraced for the family as well," said Mike Morgan, chief executive officer of PeopleValue. "EAPs are also important and can provide a helpline and counseling for new parents that are stressed and need support to meet the challenges of working. EAPs don't save employees money, but they are vital to staff health."
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Workplace drug and alcohol problems growing concern
The impact of drugs and alcohol misuse is a growing problem in the workplace, says the British Medical Association in new guidance for clinicians designed to help U.K. employers better tackle the issues. Drug and alcohol misuse not only lowers productivity, but it is strongly linked to ill health and early death, says the BMA, which urges employers to make sure that any staff with substance abuse problems have access to an occupational health service. The evidence suggests that those in work are more likely to drink frequently than those who are unemployed, with those in managerial and professional occupations more likely to drink more frequently than those in routine and manual occupations.
Study: Stress reduces when shared
Medical News Today
A new study suggests sharing your feelings of stress with someone having a similar emotional reaction to the same situation reduces levels of stress more than sharing them with someone who is not. Study leader Sarah Townsend, assistant professor of management and organization at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles, says their findings could be helpful for people experiencing stress at work.
Focus on medical cost savings underestimates wellness benefits
Employee Benefit News
When gauging whether employers need health management programs in their wellness offerings, new research from Optum says the focus should be less on medical cost savings and more on the benefits for increased productivity and risk reduction. Optum's annual health management in the workplace study recently flagged some developing trends that can help employers get the most out of their wellness programs.
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