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Table of Contents
  • The real business value of EAPs
  • Study: Most problem drinkers have never sought help
  • Mental and financial wellness often overlooked
  • Canadian employers face difficulty evaluating impact of EAPs
  • 'Dabbing' explodes onto the drug scene
  • Preventing job stress from killing
  • Australia: Longitudinal study finds young working women most at risk for poor mental health
  • Is the office becoming the next doping epicenter?
  • Matters of the mind: The politics of mental health
  • How employee drug testing targets the poor and minorities

  • The real business value of EAPs
    The Huffington Post
    A lively conversation among business leaders about how to effectively — and legally — promote mental health in the workplace is now full swing. This is a wonderful thing. But some of the discussion is headed in the wrong direction.
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    Study: Most problem drinkers have never sought help
    Post-Bulletin
    Most of us don't give it a second thought if we stop for a beer after work or attend a party where drinks are served. After all, because alcohol is safe in moderation and at the center of a multibillion-dollar industry that markets beer, wine, spirits and alcopops, we give it something of a pass, unless we have a friend or relative struggling with addiction. That's what makes a recent survey so noteworthy. Problem drinking affects nearly 33 million adults, or 14 percent of the population, and most have never sought treatment, according to a report published in the JAMA Psychiatry journal.
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    Mental and financial wellness often overlooked
    Employee Benefit News
    Wellness is a concept many of us are familiar with. It is often a primary topic for speakers at human resources conferences, written about in the media, and discussed between employers and employees. However, wellness conversations are often one-dimensional. While employers define the topic in different ways, most are focused solely on the physical. It's useful to zoom out and define wellness in a much broader way to include not only an employee's physical health, but also their mental/emotional and financial well-being. After all, these three dimensions of wellness are clearly intertwined, particularly in the minds of employees.
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    Canadian employers face difficulty evaluating impact of EAPs
    CNN Money
    Aon plc, the leading global provider of risk management and human resource consulting and outsourcing, recently released results of a new survey that finds Canadian employers face difficulty evaluating the impact of employee assistance programs. A successful EAP can increase engagement and productivity by helping employees and their family members resolve problems affecting their well-being, but the survey found that many Canadian employers are unsure of how an EAP advances their overall organizational objectives.
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    'Dabbing' explodes onto the drug scene
    Yahoo
    Young people who use marijuana and are looking for a new way to get high may be increasingly turning to "dabbing," a new paper suggests. Dabbing is inhaling the vapors from a concentrated form of marijuana made by an extraction method that uses butane gas. Dabs, also known as butane hash oil — which are sometimes called "budder," "honeycomb" or "earwax" — are more potent than conventional forms of marijuana because they have much higher concentrations of the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, than is found in regular cannabis, according to the paper.
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    Preventing job stress from killing
    U.S. News & World Report
    Workplace stress can seem inevitable, particularly if your financial security is tied to your paycheck. But such stress can give you more than just tension headaches or a few sleepless nights — it can actually decrease your life span. Work is the second most common source of stress among United States adults, just behind money, according to the 2014 Stress in America survey from the American Psychological Association. Sixty percent of adults say their jobs are a somewhat significant or very significant source of stress, and experts say workplace stress affects us differently than other forms of stress.
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    Australia: Longitudinal study finds young working women most at risk for poor mental health
    The Sydney Morning Herald
    Workers are overweight, stressed, lazy and drink too much, according to a new report on employees' health. The Health Profile of Australian Employees, released recently, analyzed mental and physical health trends of Australian workers over a five- to 10-year period. It found employees have greater rates of physical inactivity, psychological distress, stress and higher body mass indexes than national averages and that young working women were most at risk of poor mental health.
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    Is the office becoming the next doping epicenter?
    Business Day
    Reliable data to quantify how many United States workers misuse stimulants do not exist, several experts says. But in interviews, dozens of people in a wide spectrum of professions say they and co-workers misuse stimulants such as Adderall, Vyvanse and Concerta to improve work performance. Most spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing their jobs or access to the medication. Doctors and medical ethicists are concerned for misusers' health, as stimulants can cause anxiety, addiction and hallucinations when taken in high doses. But they also worry about added pressure in the workplace — where use by some compels more to join the trend.
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    Matters of the mind: The politics of mental health
    WBZ-TV
    Providing adequate treatment for the one in five American adults living with mental illness and preventing future generations from suffering the same fate comes down to prioritizing initiatives that work. "This is so obvious and yet we as a nation have not embraced it as fundamental to overall success in our society," former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy said. Kennedy left Congress in 2011 and has spent the years since touring the country to advocate for mental health causes. Recently, he hosted The Kennedy Forum in Boston, a national conference to bring together advocates and policymakers in an effort to lay out a strategy for improving mental health in America.
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    How employee drug testing targets the poor and minorities
    The Cheat Sheet
    Workplace drug testing is a controversial but extremely common business practice in America. The future of these programs could be complicated by marijuana legalization in several states, but for now, drug testing continues to empower the few testing companies that control the market, as well as their lobbyists. Roughly 40 percent of United States employees are subjected to drug testing during the hiring process. The rate of employee drug testing has increased 277 percent since 1987, and drug testing has even expanded to welfare programs in some states.
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