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To wrap up 2013, EAPA is providing a look back at the top 10 most accessed articles from the past year. The regular issue of the EAP NewsBrief will resume Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.


New manager's guide to suicide postvention in the workplace aims to help traumatized work groups
Carson J. Spencer Foundation
From Aug. 13: 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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Forget work-life balance — 7 paradigm shifts for 'new normal'
Forbes
From Oct. 15: The reality of life is that we have a "new normal" in regards to work-life balance. Five trends create this new normal.
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NBC releases key findings from external EAP study
National Behavioral Consortium
From Nov. 19: 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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Suicide risk factors mapped
Lund University via Science Codex
From June 18: A landmark study of the Swedish population has given a clearer picture of important risk factors for suicide. Because the study, a collaboration between Lund University in Sweden and Stanford University, covered a range of different diseases in both in-patient and outpatient care as well as social factors, the researchers gained insight into which factors are particularly important to bear in mind when assessing the risk of suicide.
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Controversy about DSM-5 rages on
The New York Times
From May 28: Dr. Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institutes of Mental Health, harshly criticized the new DSMV for defining mental disorders based on symptoms rather than underlying biological causes; in response, Dr. David Kupfer, the chairman of the task force that revised the DSM, said the new manual did the best it could with the scientific evidence available and added that any shortage of such evidence was "a failure of our neuroscience and biology."
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Marijuana-like compound could lead to first medication for PTSD
Fox News
From May 21: New research may help dramatically change the course of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder patients. In the first study of its kind, researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center have utilized brain imaging technology to highlight a connection between the number of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and PTSD.
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NIH study: Chronic alcohol use shifts brain's control of behavior
National Institutes of Health
From Sept. 3: Chronic alcohol exposure leads to brain adaptations that shift behavior control away from an area of the brain involved in complex decision-making and toward a region associated with habit formation, according to a new study conducted in mice by scientists at the National Institutes of Health.
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Benefits consultants predict a new era for EAPs
Employee Benefit Adviser
From Feb. 12: With recent events like Newtown and Superstorm Sandy coupled with health reform and new approaches to crisis management, benefits consultants believe it's time to take a closer look at employee assistance programs.
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Study: Companies that offer staff access to EAPs could see an ROI of more than $10,000 per participant
Smart Company
From Aug. 20: 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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Study: Employee stress an issue for 98 percent of employers
Workplace Savings and Benefits
From April 30: Employers are making stress management their top priority over the next two years, with almost all (98 percent) believing that stress was an issue for their workforce, research from Towers Watson reveals. The consultant's latest Health, Wellbeing and Productivity survey also showed that, of those employers able to measure well-being, 86 percent thought that excessive workload and/or long hours were the most significant causes of stress.
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