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  • EACC opens application period for new Commissioners
  • The growing presence of employer-sponsored medical clinics — is there a role for EAPs?
  • Mentally ill more often victims of violence than perpetrators
  • SAMHSA Report: Nearly 40 percent of adults experiencing major depressive episodes did not talk to a care provider
  • Former president fights to take 'disorder' out of PTSD
  • Stress, fear cripple UK workforce
  • Study: Job insecurity makes employees afraid to use EAPs, other programs
  • Study: Stigma of mental illness remains barrier to treatment
  • Mercer survey finds younger workers less enthusiastic about their benefits
  • Survey: 2 in 3 worker ages 45-74 witness age discrimination at work

  • EACC opens application period for new Commissioners
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    The Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC) is seeking qualified applicants to succeed the Commissioners whose three-year terms are ending on Oct. 2, at the close of EAPA's 2014 World EAP Conference in Orlando, Fla. The EACC is the credentialing governance body responsible for upholding all professional standards, policies, and procedures concerning the Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP®) credential. The application period closes May 5.
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    The growing presence of employer-sponsored medical clinics — is there a role for EAPs?
    International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists
    In the past, employer-sponsored medical clinics (on-site or near-site) have been viewed as offering employers productivity gains and some medical cost containment while offering employees convenience in caring for acute and minor health problems and the early identification of more serious and costly medical conditions. As employer-sponsored clinics evolve, some are taking on a larger role of not only screening for chronic diseases but also actively managing those conditions in order to help employers better control their health care costs.
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    Mentally ill more often victims of violence than perpetrators
    HealthDay News
    People with mental illness are much more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators of violent acts, a new study shows. Within a six-month period of time, nearly one-third of adults with a mental health disorder are victimized, the study revealed. The researchers also found a strong association between enduring a violent act and committing one.
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    SAMHSA report: Nearly 40 percent of adults experiencing major depressive episodes did not talk to a care provider
    SAMHSA
    A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that 38.3 percent of the 15.2 million American adults who had experienced a major depressive episode in the past year did not talk to a health provider or an alternative service provider. General practitioners and family doctors were the most common sources of help among those experiencing major depressive episodes in the past year who did talk to a healthcare provider about their depression (37.4 percent).
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    Former president fights to take 'disorder' out of PTSD
    ABC News
    VideoBrief President George W. Bush is stepping back into the spotlight to shine a spotlight of his own on post-9/11 veterans and his fight to take the "disorder" out of post-traumatic stress disorder. "We're getting rid of the D," he said. "PTS is an injury; it's not a disorder."
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    Stress, fear cripple UK workforce
    CIPD
    According to the mental health charity Mind, 1 in 6 employees in the U.K. is dealing with a mental health problem, most commonly some form of anxiety, depression or stress. But although 1 in 5 sufferers is likely to have taken a day off because of stress in the past year, most (9 out of 10) cited a different reason to their employer for fear of damaging their career. Crashing headlong into this huge rise in sufferers, in particular the tide of stress that has swept services businesses in recent years, is overwhelming terror of acknowledging and tackling mental illness.
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    Study: Job insecurity makes employees afraid to use EAPs, other programs
    HR.BLR
    According to new university research, job insecurity is still a concern for many employees in the wake of the recession, and it may be affecting employees' request for and participation in work-life programs, such as employee assistance programs, flextime options, telecommuting and compressed work weeks. The irony is that job-support initiatives may go unused by the employees who could benefit most from them. Study coauthor T. Brad Harris, assistant professor at the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employee Relations, says that to counter this, organizations should actively work to make employees feel more secure in their jobs and communicate that using support programs does not have a negative connotation.
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    Study: Stigma of mental illness remains barrier to treatment
    HealthDay News
    The stigma often associated with mental illness prevents many people from getting the care they need, new research shows. Although one in four people has some form of mental health disorder, the study found that in Europe and the United States, up to 75 percent of those affected do not receive the treatment they need.
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    Mercer survey finds younger workers less enthusiastic about their benefits
    Employee Benefit News
    The most recent Mercer Workplace Study has found that the perceived value of workplace benefits, among those employees who take part in both on-the-job health and retirement savings plans, has begun to erode significantly. The Mercer survey finds that younger workers, in particular, are less and less enthusiastic about their benefits, largely been driven by concerns related to their ever-increasing out-of-pocket costs for their own health care.
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    Survey: 2 in 3 worker ages 45-74 witness age discrimination at work
    AARP
    In these tough economic times, more and more Americans believe they are facing age-based discrimination at the office. In fact, a 2013 AARP study found that nearly 2 in 3 workers ages 45-74 said they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Of those, a whopping 92 percent said it was very or somewhat common.
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