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  • New manager's guide to suicide postvention in the workplace aims to help traumatized work groups
  • Experts describe EAP-centric, evidence-based Critical Incident Response process
  • Study: EAPs cut absenteeism; well-being programs bring ROI
  • Gene may cause impulsive behavior during bad economic times
  • Study says compelling outpatient treatment for mental illness is working
  • Kids' abdominal pain tied to mental distress in adulthood
  • Study: Combat doesn't raise risk of suicide in military
  • Review: Mental health services should be part of emergency disaster care
  • Genetic overlap seen in 5 mental disorders
  • EAPs can help with fraudulent absenteeism
  • Family leave law at 20: Employed 100-plus million times, still popular
  • Survey: Outgoing young people become happier seniors

  • New manager's guide to suicide postvention in the workplace aims to help traumatized work groups
    Carson J. Spencer Foundation
    A sizeable proportion of deaths by suicide occur on the worksite, or otherwise affect the worksite, pointing to an increased need for postvention in the working population. A new guide, A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide, is there to help. It provides clear steps for postvention, giving leadership a sense of how to immediately respond to the traumatic event, have a plan in the short-term for recovery and consider long-term strategies for helping employees cope down the line. EA professionals can access the guide for free.
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    Experts describe EAP-centric, evidence-based Critical Incident Response process
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Critical Incident Response and its theoretical underpinnings have been topics for recent rigorous debate. Effective delivery in an EA setting requires sound understanding of EAP processes and workflows, and EA professionals carry the responsibility to integrate new evidence-based research into practice. The multi-systemic resiliency approach integrates current principles of psychological first aid, resiliency, positive psychology, solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapies into on-site EAP interventions. This approach recognizes that multiple systems must work in concert to be effective. EAPA will offer a full-day pre-conference training course on the multi-systemic resiliency approach to EAP CIR on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the 2013 World EAP Conference in Phoenix. A brief pre-recorded FREE preview webinar of the course is now available for review.
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    Study: EAPs cut absenteeism; well-being programs bring ROI
    Dynamic Business
    New research findings indicate that a quality employee well-being program can yield an ROI of $10,000 per employee, per year. That's according to data compiled by workplace well-being and performance provider Davidson Trahaire Corpsych, who surveyed over 4,700 individuals to arrive at the figure. What's more, absenteeism can also decrease by one third when quality employee assistance programs are in place.
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    Gene may cause impulsive behavior during bad economic times
    U.S. News & World Report
    Researchers say a specific gene might make parents more likely to abuse their children during tough times, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The DRD2 Taq1A gene, called the "orchid/dandelion gene" by researchers who study it, is a "sensitive" one, meaning that its effects are driven by the environment. The gene controls the release of dopamine, a hormone that regulates behavior in the brain and is often associated with cocaine and other drug use.
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    Study says compelling outpatient treatment for mental illness is working
    The New York Times
    A study has found that a controversial program that orders these patients to receive treatment when they are not hospitalized has had positive results. Patients were much less likely to end up back in psychiatric hospitals and were arrested less often. Use of outpatient treatment significantly increased, as did refills of medication. Costs to the mental health system and Medicaid of caring for these patients dropped by half or more.
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    Kids' abdominal pain tied to mental distress in adulthood
    MedPage Today
    Functional abdominal pain in childhood was associated with anxiety disorder and depression in teens and young adults, even if the stomach pain went away, a longitudinal study showed. Anxiety disorder was 4.9 times more likely at some point up to a mean age of 20, and 3.36-fold elevated (versus controls) even for those whose medically unexplained abdominal pain resolved, Lynn S. Walker, Ph.D., of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and colleagues found.
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    Study: Combat doesn't raise risk of suicide in military
    Bloomberg News
    Neither combat nor being stationed abroad increases the likelihood that U.S. soldiers will die by suicide, according to a seven-year study of active and former U.S. military members. Rather, the risk factors for suicide are similar to those seen in the civilian population, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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    Review: Mental health services should be part of emergency disaster care
    HealthDay News
    Comprehensive mental health services — including diagnosis and treatment — should be an integral part of emergency medical services after disasters, say researchers who analyzed 222 published studies on the issue. Unlike physical injuries, mental health problems following disasters may not be obvious in victims, according to the authors of the review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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    Genetic overlap seen in 5 mental disorders
    HealthDay News
    Five major mental disorders share common inherited genetic variations, a new study finds. The overlap is highest between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (15 percent), moderate between bipolar disorder and depression and between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and depression (about 10 percent), and lowest between schizophrenia and autism (3 percent).
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    EAPs can help with fraudulent absenteeism
    Insurance Age
    It can be very difficult to detect a fraudulent absence with so many factors that need to be accounted for today. An employee assistance program will cost you a nominal fee in comparison to how much your business could lose as a result of fraudulent sick days.
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    Family leave law at 20: Employed 100-plus million times, still popular
    The Plain Dealer
    The Family and Medical Leave Act, which celebrated its 20th anniversary recently, has been used 100 million times, according to the organization that drafted the legislation and lobbied for its passage. While taking time off has become a reality for millions, Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families in Washington, D.C., laments that not all workers can use it. Only about 60 percent of employees are covered by FMLA, according to the Labor Department.
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    Survey: Outgoing young people become happier seniors
    HealthDay News
    People who were outgoing and energetic as young adults seem to be happier with their lives by the time they hit retirement age, a new study suggests. Researchers found that for nearly 4,600 British adults followed for decades, those who were "extraverts" in their youth gave higher ratings to their well-being and satisfaction with life once they'd reached their early 60s.
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