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Table of Contents
  • US employers rank stress as top workforce risk issue
  • NBC releases key findings from external EAP study
  • Global genome initiative finding roots of mental illness
  • The growing need for psychiatric emergency departments
  • EAPs help small businesses bridge productivity gap
  • Vacation deprivation study reveals stark global disparity in work-life balance
  • Employee prescription drug use booms, marijuana and cocaine results down
  • UK journal urges firms to screen employees for alcohol
  • Canadian organization tackles stigma in mental health
  • Employers urged to support service members with veteran-focused EAPs
  • EAPs for substance abuse reduce absenteeism and increase productivity

  • US employers rank stress as top workforce risk issue
    Towers Watson
    Stress is the No. 1 workforce risk issue, ranking above physical inactivity and obesity, according to the 2013/2014 Towers Watson Staying@Work Survey, conducted by global professional services company Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. However, only 15 percent of employers identify improving the emotional/mental health (i.e., lessening the stress and anxiety) of employees as a top priority of their health and productivity programs. While stress can energize workers to meet challenging goals, it can also overwhelm them and interrupt business performance. Despite the negative consequences, many employers do not fully understand employee views of its causes.
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    NBC releases key findings from external EAP study
    National Behavioral Consortium
    The National Behavioral Consortium has announced the release of a publicly available PowerPoint slide presentation showing the key findings from its study titled: "The National Behavioral Consortium Industry Profile of External EAP Vendors." The presentation is available on NBC's website. (Click "EARF Presentation" on the left side of the home page to download). The NBC study provides empirically derived survey data from a sample of 82 external EAP vendors representing a customer base of over 29,000 client-organizations and 146 million covered lives. Survey respondents were primarily from the United States and Canada and included responses from 14 other countries. The study covers areas such as clinical activity, utilization, user profiles, follow-up surveys, quality indicators, business practices, business development and the future of the field.
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    Global genome initiative finding roots of mental illness
    Psychiatric News
    By sharing data, technology, expertise, and new discoveries, researchers are quietly but rapidly pushing forward to reveal the genetic and biochemical causes of psychiatric disorders.
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    The growing need for psychiatric emergency departments
    By Dorothy L. Tengler
    In 2010, there were 129.8 million emergency department visits. However, not all of these visits were injury-related. A January 2012 American Hospital Association TrendWatch reported that there were more than 5 million visits to EDs by patients with a primary diagnosis of mental illness or a substance abuse disorder. Even more alarming, the rate of mental health visits has increased seven times more than overall ED visits. What is the answer? Communities need specially designed psychiatric EDs.
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    EAPs help small businesses bridge productivity gap
    Small Business Computing
    What if small businesses had a way to help employees through those tough times and still keep productivity humming? Employee assistance programs (EAPs) can fill the gap.
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    Vacation deprivation study reveals stark global disparity in work-life balance
    Expedia via PR Newswire
    The 2013 Vacation Deprivation study by online travel company Expedia.com reveals a stark difference in attitudes towards work-life balance between countries. The Vacation Deprivation study is an annual analysis of vacation habits among 8,535 employed adults across 24 countries and five continents. Among the findings were that Americans treat vacations as a luxury rather than a right. Also, the French lead the world in vacationing, taking all 30 possible days available to them. But 90 percent of employed French adults feel vacation deprived, followed by Italy (83 percent), Spain (78 percent) and Germany (74 percent).
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    Employee prescription drug use booms, marijuana and cocaine results down
    International Business Times
    U.S. workers abusing prescription drugs is a growing concern for companies despite the fall in testing positive for illegal drugs. According to data by medical-testing company Quest Diagnostics, U.S. workers, which are subject to random drug tests and pre-employment screening, are becoming more sophisticated when it comes to passing drug tests as the tumble in people testing positive does not correlate with government statistics that show use is on the rise.
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    UK journal urges firms to screen employees for alcohol
    The Telegraph
    U.K. companies should screen their employees for signs of "risky" drinking to save money and prevent lost days of work to hangovers or more severe alcohol-related problems, according to an article in a leading medical journal. Don Shenker, director of the Alcohol Health Network, said “standardised screening for alcohol misuse” could help employers detect signs of problem drinking in their staff at an earlier stage and save them money in the long run.
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    Canadian organization tackles stigma in mental health
    Benefits Canada
    Mental health issues are not disappearing, but maybe the stigma that is associated with it will. A new organization in Canada, Partners for Mental Health, is dedicated to “supercharging” the way Canadians look at mental health.
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    SHOWCASE
      Get Help For Addiction

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    Employers urged to support service members with veteran-focused EAPs
    PR Newswire
    Veterans employed in a civilian atmosphere — some of whom will be there for the first time — can experience anxiety about the major lifestyle change, apprehension about their new role or feelings of insignificance among their coworkers. Veteran EAPs help employers provide peer support for service members and their families and specialized care for past trauma issues, connect eligible veteran employees to financial and legal services, and promote respectful interactions between all employees within the workplace.
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    EAPs for substance abuse reduce absenteeism and increase productivity
    By Joy Burgess
    Studies have shown that problem drinkers and alcoholics cost American businesses billions of dollars. Studies also show that substance abuse can result in an increase in absenteeism, which reduces overall productivity. Even though the actual substance abuse may take place at home, it still has an impact on both large and small businesses. However, companies are finding that establishing an employee assistance program can help to curb chemical dependency problems among employees.
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