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  • Study: Companies that offer staff access to EAPs could see an ROI of more than $10,000 per participant
  • Free preview webinars available for 2013 EAPA pre-conference training courses
  • Industry insiders: Offering an employee assistance program isn’t just a nice thing to do
  • Women seek alcohol treatment an average of 4 to 5 years earlier than men
  • In Canada, employers consider a broader view of wellness
  • UK study shows workplace discrimination happens for mental health workers, too
  • Personal tragedy at work? Reach out to the EAP right away
  • Technology gains a foothold in counseling profession
  • US suicide rate of male farmers 60 percent higher than suicide rate of men in general
  • Startup has blood test that may help diagnose depression
  • Brain 'folds' may predict if drugs will help psychosis
  • Effects of bullying follow victims into adulthood

  • Study: Companies that offer staff access to EAPs could see an ROI of more than $10,000 per participant
    Smart Company
    Companies that offer staff access to employee well-being programs could see a return investment of more than $10,000 per participant, according to a new study. Employee assistance program provider Davidson Trahaire Corpsych investigated the data of 4707 of its clients in 2012. It found that a company would get an average return of $10,187.99 in productivity improvements per year for each employee who uses an EAP.
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    Free preview webinars available for 2013 EAPA pre-conference training courses
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Before you invest your time (and money) in a training course, it's good to know whether the content and the presenter are what you want. With seven different pre-conference training courses to choose from at this year's Annual World EAP Conference, EAPA has created and posted free 10-15 minute preview webinars for each course. Courses include DSM-5; Reversing workplace anger and tension; Resiliency based Critical Incident Response; Clinical EA Specialist Certificate training for network clinicians, and more. For more money-saving, don't forget EAPA's conference hotel room sharing program and the Hennessy conference scholarship program. Early Bird registration discount deadline is Aug. 30.
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    Industry insiders: Offering an employee assistance program isn’t just a nice thing to do
    Dayton Business Journal
    Errors, absenteeism, "presenteeism" — when workers show up but are not engaged in their jobs — and even workplace violence are among the issues that can drain a company's bottom line. Industry insiders say offering an employee assistance program isn't just a nice thing to do for employees. When done properly, a program can generate a 3-to-1 return on investment, or better.
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    Women seek alcohol treatment an average of 4 to 5 years earlier than men
    Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research via Medical Xpress
    Epidemiological studies have revealed that historical differences between men and women in substance use — such as lifetime dependence rates, and quantities of alcohol consumed — have narrowed in recent decades. However, recent examination of gender differences in drinking patterns and rapidity of disease progression in women, generally referred to as "telescoping," among treatment-seekers is largely lacking.
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    In Canada, employers consider a broader view of wellness
    Benefits Canada
    Wellness has moved to a strategic human capital management tool that—when done well—can engage and retain employees, increase productivity and job satisfaction, and effectively address motivators for multiple generations within a workplace in addition to improving employee health. A trend we see emerging in the workplace wellness space is a broadening of what wellness is.
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    UK study shows workplace discrimination happens for mental health workers, too
    GoodTherapy.org
    Workers who feel threatened, harassed, fearful, bullied or even sexually intimidated by co-workers or others in the organization can experience a decrease in psychological well-being. This can lead to poor work performance as well as generally poor mental health. But how does workplace discrimination specifically affect those who work in the mental health field?
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    Personal tragedy at work? Reach out to the EAP right away
    Star Tribune
    There is no one-size-fits-all way to handle the type of situation in which an employee, and co-workers, must deal with a personal tragedy, but Jody Bertram, a senior EAP consultant with Midwest EAP Solutions, has outlined some tips for both an individual dealing with loss and their co-workers.
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    Technology gains a foothold in counseling profession
    Counseling Today
    The whole of the counseling profession can only benefit from dynamic discussion of controversial issues. We need everyone to be informed and stay in the game. We need disparate voices at the table to help sort out what technologies may be effectively used in the field, and how they may be safely and appropriately implemented.
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    US suicide rate of male farmers 60 percent higher than suicide rate of men in general
    Iowa Farmer Today
    There is still time for Congress to make changes in the farm bill to do a better job protecting the resources needed to produce food, fiber and biofuels. The most important resource is the people engaged in agriculture. The suicide rate of male farmers is 60 percent higher than the suicide rate of men in general and over four times higher than the suicide rate of women. The average economic toll of a farmer suicide is approaching $2 million.
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    Startup has blood test that may help diagnose depression
    Forbes
    One startup, Ridge Diagnostics, believes it has achieved a blood test for a major psychiatric disorder. The test takes measurements of nine different biomarkers. The measurements are then calculated through a set of proprietary algorithms to produce what the company calls an "MDD Score" — a number from 1 to 9 that rates how likely it is that a person is clinically depressed, and the level of that depression.
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    Brain 'folds' may predict if drugs will help psychosis
    Reuters
    The extent of "folds" on the outer layer of the brain could give doctors a clue as to how well people suffering problems such as hallucinations or delusions will respond to antipsychotic drugs. Researchers using magnetic resonance imaging scans of people with psychosis identified patterns of folds in the brain that could act as markers of whether a patient's symptoms will be eased by medication.
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    Effects of bullying follow victims into adulthood
    RedOrbit
    A study found that adults who were bullied as a child were more likely to face serious illness, struggle to hold down a regular job and have poor social relationships. The results highlight the effects that childhood bullying has on individuals throughout their lives.
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