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  • Study links smoking cessation drug with depression, suicide
  • How Fort Bliss is bucking the army’s trend toward more suicides
  • From loss to policy: Adding death of a child to the FMLA
  • Stress research connects work factors, family issues and personality traits
  • Apple's Siri can be 1st call for users thinking of suicide
  • Depression tied to infections, autoimmune disease
  • PTSD hits 1 in 4 stroke survivors
  • Silent tsunami: Top 4 mental disorders plaguing UAE executives
  • Gallup: Most workers hate their jobs or have 'checked out'
  • New project addresses mental health care gap
  • Mental health issues in workplace costing Canada $51 billion a year
  • Physical effects of workplace aggression: The toll bullying takes on mind, body
  • Study: Family caregivers on the rise

  • Study links smoking cessation drug with depression, suicide
    Medical Daily
    Varenicline, the operative drug in anti-smoking medications — like Chantix — approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been linked to depression and suicide in a new study of about 13,000 people in New Zealand. Amid lawsuits from varenicline victims and studies that show an increased risk of suicide from the drug, the FDA still refuses to pull the medication from shelves.
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    How Fort Bliss is bucking the army's trend toward more suicides
    NPR
    The causes and remedies of the U.S. military's suicide epidemic are complicated, but one Army base in Texas has bucked the trend: At Fort Bliss the suicide rate actually went down last year. In fact, it's declined consistently over the past three years: down to five suicides in 2012 from 12 in 2010.
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    From loss to policy: Adding death of a child to the FMLA
    Social Justice Solutions
    Barry Kluger wasn't always into politics, let alone political action. However in 2001, with the death of his 18-year-old daughter in a car accident, all that changed. Barry found himself encountering a workforce and employment system that failed to conceptualize grief. Stunned by the death of his daughter, Barry found himself up against a world where 3 to 5 days bereavement time is considered acceptable to grieve the loss of a child and then get back to "normal" at work. [As mentioned in this article, EAPA is on record as a supporter of the Farley-Kluger Initiative, and many EAPA members have signed the online petition.]
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    Stress research connects work factors, family issues and personality traits
    Canadian HR Reporter
    Researchers in Canada focused on a series of factors that may lead to the development of psychological distress, depression and burnout at work. More than 2,100 employees at 63 companies were interviewed about their personal and professional lives. The results of this questionnaire were supported by cortisol measurements, a hormone recognized as an indicator of an individual's stress level. This research methodology is a first in the field of study of mental health factors in the workplace.
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    Apple's Siri can be 1st call for users thinking of suicide
    ABC News
    Apple's Siri will now respond to suicidal statements with useful suicide prevention information. Previously, if you had told Siri "I want to kill myself" or "I want to jump off a bridge," the service would either search the web or worse, search for the nearest bridge. Now, Apple has directed the assistant to immediately return the phone number of the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
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    Depression tied to infections, autoimmune disease
    MedPage Today
    VideoBrief Autoimmune disease and severe infections may increase risk of developing depression and other mood disorders, a population-based study suggested. Any contact with a hospital for autoimmune disease was associated with an independent and significant 45 percent higher risk of a subsequent mood disorder diagnosis. Hospitalization for any infection was associated with a significant 62 percent elevated risk of later mood disorders. If that association was causal and could be eliminated, 12 percent of all mood disorders could be avoided, the researchers estimated.
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    PTSD hits 1 in 4 stroke survivors
    MedPage Today
    Post-traumatic stress disorder affects 23 percent of stroke or transient ischemic attack patients within the first year, a meta-analysis determined. Chronic PTSD lingered on for 11 percent of patients after the first year; the overall prevalence was 13 percent, Donald Edmondson, Ph.D., of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, and colleagues reported online in PLOS ONE.
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    Silent tsunami: Top 4 mental disorders plaguing UAE executives
    Emirates 24/7
    The top priorities in any given organization are productivity, profitability and marketing — not necessarily in that order — but that's what they are. Even though many companies talk about being a people's organization, not many even think about the mental well-being of their employees and this issue does not figure on the list of their priorities. Tagged as a silent tsunami in the workplace, there can be various kinds of mental problems that people suffer though they may not acknowledge it fully and the management may be not aware of it at all.
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    Gallup: Most workers hate their jobs or have 'checked out'
    Los Angeles Times
    Seven out of 10 workers have "checked out" at work or are "actively disengaged," according to a recent Gallup survey. In its ongoing survey of the American workplace, Gallup found that only 30 percent of workers are "were engaged, or involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their workplace."
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    New project addresses mental health care gap
    Politico
    A new project seeks to bridge the U.S.’s mental health care gap by linking up primary-care doctors and mental health experts. Though it's not funded as part of Obamacare, the project fits in with several of the health care law's goals: coordinating physical and behavioral health care for better health outcomes, shoring up the primary-care workforce and lowering costs through preventive care.
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    Mental health issues in workplace costing Canada $51 billion a year
    Tech Vibes
    Nearly half of all working Canadians will tell you that working is the most stressful part of their lives. A recent study conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Partners for Mental Health recorded that half a million Canadians have missed work due to mental health issues. It costs employers in Canada and the economy $51 billion every year to cope with mental health issues at work.
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    Physical effects of workplace aggression: The toll bullying takes on mind, body
    Medical Daily
    The stress of workplace bullying can take a major toll on the victim. Not only does bullying create significant mental health issues but it can also manifest in physical consequences as well.
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    Study: Family caregivers on the rise
    USA Today
    More family caregivers are at the front lines of health care than ever before, and they're turning to the Internet to help ease their burden, a new study says. The study shows the portion of adults who are family caregivers jumped from 30 percent in 2010 to 39 percent in 2012. Almost two-thirds of these caregivers support a parent or in-law, the study by the Pew Research Center and the California HealthCare Foundation says.
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