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Table of Contents
  • Workplace mental health: It pays to be proactive
  • Diagnostic criteria for psychosis, bipolar disorders fine-tuned
  • 'Second-victim syndrome' takes toll on clinicians
  • Focus on mental health laws to curb violence is unfair, some say
  • 2013 World EAP Conference 'Call for Proposals' open through Feb. 8
  • Workplace stress is costing Germany time, money, health
  • Scientists release study showing the development of burnout in middle-aged working women
  • Empowering trauma victims seen as boost to resilience
  • Job stress, lack of mental health treatment increase risk of physician suicide
  • UK doctors blame workplace for rise in mental health illness
  • Oregon team provides psychological services to military contractors

  • Workplace mental health: It pays to be proactive
    Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Workplace mental health is a crucial factor to consider when building and maintaining a successful business. With mental health and substance abuse disorders costing American businesses an estimated $80 billion to $100 billion annually, many companies are realizing that overlooking it is something they can no longer afford. More

    Diagnostic criteria for psychosis, bipolar disorders fine-tuned
    Psychiatric News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    An anxious distress "specifier" will be delineated in the DSM-5 criteria for bipolar disorder — as well as for depressive disorders — as a step toward a dimensional rating of a feature that significantly affects treatment outcome for a variety of disorders. Additionally, criteria for bipolar disorder will now include an emphasis on changes in activity and energy — not just mood — to reflect findings from recent research. More

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    'Second-victim syndrome' takes toll on clinicians
    FierceHealthcare    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Even well-trained, competent clinicians can make mistakes. And when they do, the guilt and shame of causing adverse events can haunt them. Known as "second-victim syndrome," the emotional and psychological toll errors have on providers can even destroy careers, ProPublica reported. More

    Focus on mental health laws to curb violence is unfair, some say
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In their fervor to take action against gun violence after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., a growing number of national and state politicians are promoting a focus on mental illness as a way to help prevent further killings. But critics say that this focus unfairly singles out people with serious mental illness, who studies indicate are involved in only about 4 percent of violent crimes and are 11 or more times as likely than the general population to be the victims of violent crime. More

    2013 World EAP Conference 'Call for Proposals' open through Feb. 8
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    EAPA's 2013 Annual World EAP Conference program planning panel is looking for forward-thinking presentations that highlight innovative ideas and practices in the post-recession environment. A special emphasis is on evidence-based practices that can be applied in or adapted to EAP settings worldwide. The conference will be held Oct. 16-19, in Phoenix, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Presentations should be tailored to the conference theme, "EAP Heats Up: Flourishing into the Future." This year's focus areas are: 1) Crisis, trauma and distress in the workplace; 2) The EAP/affiliate provider partnership; 3) Learning from EAPs in other countries; 4) Making the EAP case: defining and demonstrating the EA value proposition; 5) Weaving the EAP into the fabric of work organizations; and 6) Serving today's individual EAP client. The call for proposals ends Feb. 8. More



    Workplace stress is costing Germany time, money, health
    DW Akademie    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Workplace stress is having an impact on lives and balance sheets alike, and more strongly than ever, a new study has found. German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen said she hoped employers and trade unions could agree on a code to combat stress in the workplace, saying an agreement would be in the best interests of all parties. More

    Scientists release study showing the development of burnout
    in middle-aged working women

    Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Researchers in Sweden found that in contrast to previous research findings that showed burnout to be stable over time, they were able to cluster the women in the study into groups characterized by different developmental patterns of burnout. Some middle-aged women had high levels of burnout followed by recovery, whereas others had increasing, decreasing or stable levels over a nine-year period. The authors explored how these patterns related to changes in work-related and other types of stress in the women's lives and individual personality factors. More



    Empowering trauma victims seen as boost to resilience
    Personnel Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Occupational health practitioners frequently find themselves on the front line dealing with traumatized employees. Empowerment rather than treatment is viewed as most likely to increase a worker's resilience. Empowerment is achievable through a structured and supportive conversation designed to reduce distress, where talking through the trauma with others can give the employee support, education and encouragement. More

    Job stress, lack of mental health treatment increase risk
    of physician suicide

    Psychiatric News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Physicians die by suicide more frequently than nonphysicians, a disturbing phenomenon that's been well documented for several decades in the United States. But researchers say details about factors that may contribute to those suicides are lacking. More



    UK doctors blame workplace for rise in mental health illness
    Workplace Savings and Benefits    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The workplace is one of the biggest causes of stress, with 93 percent of U.K. doctors attributing it directly to a rise in the cases of stress, according to a report from Aviva. The insurer's Health of the Nation report said that the workplace had a notable impact on the rise of mental health conditions with mental health illness being one of the biggest causes of absence for employers. More

    Oregon team provides psychological services to military contractors
    The Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Relatively little is known or said about the range of medical and psychological issues that afflict contractors, who can't turn to the military medical system and may not be covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. A new crisis intervention firm in Oregon is focused on the defense contractor sector. Relief Ops provides screening and counseling for military contractors before they deploy, during their deployments and after they come home. More


     



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