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  • Organizations have responsibilities in wake of crises — EAPs are key
  • Mark Attridge to review future trends influencing the ROI of EAPs
  • Research: EAPs offered to 22 percent of UK's international employees
  • US health spending is exploding — but not for mental health
  • CDC: Sharp rise in drug overdoses among US women
  • How to deal with the effects of domestic violence in the workplace
  • Rise in anti-depressant use across Europe coincides with drop in suicide rates
  • An employee's death raises issues from dealing with the grief to marking passing
  • Perception of stress linked to heart attack risk
  • Fewer lost work days, greater productivity possible in wake of depression
  • Developers creating apps to treat mental health issues
  • Analysis of lost productivity found lacking
  • Report: Australian firms lose $6 billion in productivity to drug, alcohol issues
  • How workplace bullies get ahead

  • Organizations have responsibilities in wake of crises — EAPs are key
    Personnel Today
    All employees will be affected in some way by a major incident in their city or region. Some just want the familiarity and routine offered by work. Others may be unable to return to work because they are feeling disrupted and fragmented. Organizations need to offer a response that matches the expectations of their staff and reaches all employees.
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    Mark Attridge to review future trends influencing the ROI of EAPs
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Mark Attridge, Ph.D., is an expert on knowledge transfer, data analysis and business strategy for workplace behavioral health and EAP. In a keynote address at the upcoming 2013 World EAP Conference in October, Dr. Attridge will review the science, strategies and future trends influencing the business value of EA services. He will examine the empirical evidence relevant to the return on investment (ROI) for workplace behavioral health services. Then he will recommend different strategies for making the business case for EAPs. Finally, he will identify several "big-picture" trends in the areas of technology tools, employee engagement and social policy.
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    Research: EAPs offered to 22 percent of UK's international employees
    Employee Benefits
    Private medical insurance (33 percent) is the most common health care benefit offered to U.K. expatriate staff, according to research by Employee Benefits. The Employee Benefits Healthcare research 2013, which surveyed 376 HR and benefits professionals, found that other commonly offered health care benefits for international employees include life assurance/death in service (28 percent), PMI for employees' dependents (27 percent) and employee assistance programs (22 percent).
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    US health spending is exploding — but not for mental health
    The New York Times
    Mental health spending, both public and private, was about $150 billion in 2009, more than double its level in inflation-adjusted terms in 1986, according to a recent article in Health Affairs. But the overall economy also about doubled during that time. As a result, direct mental health spending has remained roughly 1 percent of the economy since 1986, while total health spending climbed from about 10 percent of gross domestic product in 1986 to nearly 17 percent in 2009.
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    CDC: Sharp rise in drug overdoses among US women
    HealthDay News
    The rate of fatal overdoses of prescription painkillers and other drugs among U.S. women quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, federal officials reported recently. Long thought of as primarily a male problem, drug addiction is increasingly affecting women, and the new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 42 women in the United States die each day from prescription drug overdoses.
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    How to deal with the effects of domestic violence in the workplace
    Personnel Today
    The direct cost of domestic abuse to U.K. business is around $2.4 billion per year, excluding lost productivity and performance. The human and emotional costs to individuals affected by the issue are huge, and growing numbers of employers are waking up to the fact that domestic violence is a health and well-being issue.
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    Rise in anti-depressant use across Europe coincides with drop in suicide rates
    London School of Economics and Political Science via Medical News Today
    The increasing uptake of anti-depressants across Europe in recent decades has coincided with a gradual decline in suicide rates over the same period, according to a new report published in PLoS. Between 1995 and 2009, the use of antidepressants across Europe increased by almost 20 percent per year on average, with a corresponding 0.8 per cent annual reduction in the suicide rate.
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    An employee's death raises issues from dealing with the grief to marking passing
    Financial Times via Chicago Tribune
    What should the corporate reaction be when employees die? "Organizations have an important role to play," says Kirsty Minford, a human resources consultant and grief counselor. "People don't leave grief at the office door."
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    Perception of stress linked to heart attack risk
    Medical News Today
    People who think that stress is affecting their health "a lot" are at a much higher risk of heart attack compared to those who do not think stress plays such a big role in their overall health. The findings come from the U.K.'s Whitehall II study, which has tracked several thousand civil servants in London for over 2 1/2 decades. The study was published in the European Heart Journal.
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    Fewer lost work days, greater productivity possible in wake of depression
    The Modesto Bee
    Depression, which includes bipolarity, dysthymia and major depression, afflicts 9.5 percent of the adult population in a 12-month period, reports the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md. Michael Schoenbaum, senior advisor for mental health services, epidemiology and economics, mentions that while there may be no simple or current statistic about cost to employers, depression leads to "tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity."
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    Developers creating apps to treat mental health issues
    The Boston Globe
    A growing movement among gamers and doctors alike is using game apps to educate the public and diagnose, and even treat depression or anxiety. Game developers hope that one day they might supplement therapy and support groups by putting mental health care into patients' homes or pockets.
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    Analysis of lost productivity found lacking
    The Washington Post
    A few of the studies on lost productivity, like those looking at chronic health conditions or insomnia, do identify real health problems. But looking at lost productivity seems like an imprecise way to measure the toll.
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    Report: Australian firms lose $6 billion in productivity to drug, alcohol issues
    Smart Company
    Australian businesses are being urged to act now to counter the effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, with experts saying businesses are losing more than $6 billion annually in lost productivity and absenteeism. The Australian Drug Foundation's latest PolicyTalk report released recently focuses on the impacts of alcohol and drugs in the workplace.
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    How workplace bullies get ahead
    The Wall Street Journal
    In a rather disheartening study, a team of researchers led by Darren C. Treadway, of the University at Buffalo School of Management, found that many workplace bullies receive positive evaluations from their supervisors and achieve high levels of career success, despite organizational efforts to curtail bullying. The researchers sought to study the relationship between workplace bullying and job performance.
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