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  • EA Professional Liability and Business Office Insurance now available through EAPA
  • National Institute of Mental Health abandoning the DSM
  • Suicide rates rise sharply in US
  • EAP clients opting for video counseling
  • EAPs among top benefits offered by UK employers
  • Establishing a safe workplace
  • Research: Internet-based stress management works effectively
  • Canadian companies open minds to mental health disabilities
  • After bombings, hospitals turn to healing their own
  • In Argentina, therapy is the norm
  • Bipolar disorder: What a family (or friend) might see and what a family can do
  • Who calls EAP resource lines for assistance and why

  • EA Professional Liability and Business Office Insurance now available through EAPA
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    EAPA has arranged with Trust Risk Management Services, Inc. to make EAPA-endorsed Professional Liability and Business Office Insurance coverage available to employee assistance professionals and students at affordable rates. CEAPs are eligible for a 10 percent premium credit! Other significant discounts include 5 percent for applying online and 10 percent when switching to the EAPA-endorsed program from another carrier. Policies are provided by ACE American Insurance company, which is rated "A+ Superior" by A.M. Best.
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    National Institute of Mental Health abandoning the DSM
    New Scientist
    In a potentially seismic move, the National Institute of Mental Health — the world's biggest mental health research funder, has announced only two weeks before the launch of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual that it will be "re-orienting its research away from DSM categories." Thomas Insel, director of the US National Institute of Mental Health, advocated a major shift away from categorizing diseases such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia according to a person's symptoms. Instead, Insel wants mental disorders to be diagnosed more objectively using genetics, brain scans that show abnormal patterns of activity and cognitive testing.
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    Suicide rates rise sharply in US
    The New York Times
    Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade, prompting concern that a generation of baby boomers who have faced years of economic worry and easy access to prescription painkillers may be particularly vulnerable to self-inflicted harm. More people now die of suicide than in car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which published the findings in a recent issue of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In 2010 there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides.
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    EAP clients opting for video counseling
    Morneau Shepell Ltd.
    A Morneau Shepell study shows that video counseling for employees who seek assistance can be just as effective as in-person counseling. The company conducted a study of 136 client cases (68 video counseling cases and 68 in-person counseling cases) that were closed in 2012. The study found that clients who used video counseling reported high levels of satisfaction, similar to what was reported by those who used in-person counseling.
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    EAPs among top benefits offered by UK employers
    Employee Benefits
    Life assurance, pension schemes and employee assistance programs are the most commonly offered core employee benefits to all employees, according to exclusive research by Employee Benefits. The Benefits Research 2013, which surveyed 561 employers, found that extra holidays for long service, income protection and additional voluntary pension contributions were also common.
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    Establishing a safe workplace
    Our Colorado News
    Images of shootings, robberies, and assaults first come to mind. But workplace violence encompasses any threatening behavior or verbal or physical abuse in the work environment.
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    Research: Internet-based stress management works effectively
    UPI
    Internet-based stress management programs effectively reduce stress for a sustainable period, U.S. researchers say. The study involved 300 study participants who completed an eight-week stress management program where they received online relaxation practice materials, strategies to help cope with life's stressors, stress assessments at the beginning and end of the program, and daily topics to inspire participants to continue the meditation and relaxation techniques.
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    Canadian companies open minds to mental health disabilities
    The Vancouver Sun
    The estimated cost to Canadian employers of mental illness absenteeism and presenteeism — being present but not fully functioning — is $6 billion a year in lost productivity, according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. That sum almost seems trifling compared to the $51 billion a year burden that mental illness places on the Canadian economy, of which $20 billion is the total amount the condition costs Canada’s various employers in the private and public sectors, according to the commission.
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    After bombings, hospitals turn to healing their own
    The Boston Globe
    In the weeks since the Boston Marathon bombing attack, caregivers have reported persistent anxiety, sleeplessness, or trouble shaking images of the bombings' aftermath. People who work in Boston's world-class hospitals are trained to deal with trauma, but most are unaccustomed to dealing with mass casualties caused by an attack in their own neighborhood or working under lockdown.
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    In Argentina, therapy is the norm
    CNN
    It's not just psychoanalysis that's popular in Argentina. The country has the distinction of being home to more psychologists per capita than anywhere else in the world. Almost half the country's psychologists are concentrated in the capital city of Buenos Aires.
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    Bipolar disorder: What a family (or friend) might see and what a family can do
    The Huffington Post
    People with bipolar disorder, I or II, with good treatment, self-care and supportive family and friends can — and do — live full and productive lives. Without effective treatment, bipolar disorder can have a devastating effect on the person and their family, relationships and work.
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    Who calls EAP resource lines for assistance and why
    Employee Benefit News
    Employees seek advice from EAP/work-life resource hot lines for myriad reasons ranging from professional and financial concerns to help with mental health issues and substance abuse problems. To give employers a better understanding of the issues their employees face and who is likeliest to make use of employee assistance program benefits, ComPsych Corp., which fields millions of calls annually, recently analyzed gender, age and industry differences in millions of EAP/work-life calls over a 12-month period.
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