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  • April marks alcohol awareness month
  • Job sites testing for legal drugs too
  • 2013 EAPA Awards Committee now forming, seeking members
  • American workers are at a breaking point
  • Power can overcome negative stereotypes
  • UK companies failing to provide mental health support to employees
  • Seasonal patterns found in online mental illness searches
  • 2 new bills aim to strengthen mental health help
  • Workplaces take on new harshness
  • 5 ways chronic stress can affect the aging process
  • The secret to workplace happiness is working really intensely for a shorter time
  • Rethinking stress may help overcome stage fright
  • UK businesses lack commitment to Health Responsibility Deal

  • April marks alcohol awareness month
    National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
    Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. sponsors NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. With this year's theme, "Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow," the month of April is filled with local, state and national events aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism.
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    Job sites testing for legal drugs too
    San Antonio Express-News
    Pre-employment drug tests, which became commonplace during the Just Say No days of the Reagan administration, initially were administered to detect illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Today, a new generation of screenings are increasingly being used to determine if potential — and often current — employees are taking highly addictive yet otherwise legal opiates, including Vicodin, Oxycontin, Dilaudid, Percocet and Percodan.
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    2013 EAPA Awards Committee now forming, seeking members
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Each year, EAPA recognizes and celebrates the achievement of individuals and organizations who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the EA profession and EAPA. Selection of award recipients is the responsibility of the EAPA Awards and Honors Committee. EAPA members interested in serving on the 2013 Awards and Honors committee should review the Call for Committee Members.
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    American workers are at a breaking point
    NBC News
    A whopping 83 percent of American workers said they are stressed out by at least one thing at work, up sharply from 73 percent in 2012, according to a survey by Harris Interactive for Everest College. "When you look at all the other economic indicators, there have definitely been some positive signs," said John Swartz, regional director of career services at Everest College. But relief of workplace stress isn't one of them.
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    Power can overcome negative stereotypes
    PsychCentral
    New research suggests that feeling powerful might protect an individual from the harmful effects of negative stereotypes. Social psychologists from the University of Indiana studied the social forces of “power” and “stereotypes” to determine whether one could circumvent the debilitating impact of the other.
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    UK companies failing to provide mental health support to employees
    Workplace Savings and Benefits
    Concerns have been raised about organizational resilience as companies scored an average of just 9 percent in the provision of mental health support, Business in the Community's Workwell FTSE 100 benchmark revealed in the U.K. Results from the benchmark — which is the first of its kind from the BITC — scored the level of publicly available information across 25 employee engagement and wellbeing indicators.
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    Seasonal patterns found in online mental illness searches
    PsychCentral
    Online searches for all major mental illnesses tend to follow seasonal patterns, according to a new study — suggesting that mental illnesses may be more strongly linked with seasonal patterns than previously thought. Monitoring population mental illness trends has been an historic challenge for scientists and clinicians alike.
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    2 new bills aim to strengthen mental health help
    Military Times
    An Indiana lawmaker has introduced two bills aimed at improving mental health coverage for service members. Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat who had two military mental health bills signed into law in 2011, said the goal is to reduce suicides by improving access to mental health services and providing notice throughout a military career that mental health services are available and that there is nothing wrong with seeking help.
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    Workplaces take on new harshness
    The Columbian
    The relentless drive for efficiency at U.S. companies has created a new harshness in the workplace. In their zeal to make sure that not a minute of time is wasted, companies are imposing rigorous performance quotas, forcing many people to put in extra hours, paid or not. Video cameras and software keep tabs on worker performance, tracking their computer keystrokes and the time spent on each customer service call.
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    5 ways chronic stress can affect the aging process
    The Huffington Post
    When it comes to aging, we've all heard that worrying will give you wrinkles, but is the science there to back up the idea that stress accelerates aging? Although more research is still needed on the exact mechanisms by which psychological stress contributes to biological aging, what we do know is that stress can be a contributor to premature aging.
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    The secret to workplace happiness is working really intensely for a shorter time
    Business Insider
    As anyone who has ever gone to the gym can tell you there are two components to a workout's difficulty: intensity (how heavy is the weight) and duration (are you lifting it five times or 20). Might the same be true of work?
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    Rethinking stress may help overcome stage fright
    Business Standard
    Learning to rethink the way we view our shaky hands, pounding heart, and sweaty palms can help people deal with stage fright and perform better both mentally and physically, a new study has found. Before a stressful speaking task, simply encouraging people to reframe the meaning of these signs of stress as natural and helpful is a surprisingly effective way of handling stage fright, found the study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.
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    UK businesses lack commitment to Health Responsibility Deal
    Workplace Savings and Benefits
    Just 11 percent U.K. businesses are committed to improving health as part of the government's Public Health Responsibility Deal which aims to tackle problems such as obesity, new research reveals. Introduced by Downing Street, the Deal seeks to gain pledges of support from business for the introduction of initiatives designed to solve a range of health issues.
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