EAP NewsBrief
Feb. 3, 2015

EAPA participates in developing CDC Workplace Heath Survey
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta are funding and developing a new worksite health promotion survey to describe the current state of U.S. workplace health promotion programs, evaluate national workplace health priorities and provide free and accessible benchmarking data for employers. On Jan. 23, Jan Price, EAPA's Manager of Professional Learning Resources, represented EAPA during an initial meeting to set the priorities for the survey data and discuss messages and techniques to increase employer participation rates. Attendees also discussed the vital role of employee assistance programs in developing and delivering workplace health promotion efforts. EAPA will continue to participate actively in future meetings as development of the survey continues.More

10 tips to help your 2015 World EAP Conference proposal get accepted
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
Each year, EAPA reviews over 100 conference proposals — more than twice as many as we can accept. How can you make yours stand out from the crowd? Here's just one of 10 tips to improve your chance of success. Tip No.1: Customize your proposal to the conference theme and focus areas. The 2015 conference theme, "Blue Sky in San Diego: EAP in the 21st Century," alludes both to San Diego's renowned beautiful deep blue skies and to "blue sky thinking" — open-minded, visionary, creative ideas that go beyond current limitations to envision what the emerging EAP of the 21st century can and should be. Remember, the deadline for the 2015 Call for Proposals is Feb. 20!More

Mental health first aid training helps cut costs in the workplace
Personnel Today
The 2014 report of England's chief medical officer focused on mental health and looked at the cost of mental ill health to U.K. employers. It recommended that organizations prioritize mental health when it comes to investing in their employees. Over the past year, social enterprise Mental Health First Aid England has reported a marked increase in demand for workplace training. MHFA's mission is to increase the nation's mental health literacy and it offers employers a cost-effective way of tackling this issue in the workplace.More

Same-sex couples face unique health stress
Psych Central
Stress is a response to a stimulus that interrupts our physical or mental equilibrium. While acute stress may be helpful, chronic stress can have a detrimental impact on health. Traditional views of stress have often focused on the worries of an individual: money, love, health, work. A new study addresses the covert stress that may be shared by two people in a romantic relationship.More

How Canadian employers are tackling the intersection of workplace culture, productivity and mental health
The Globe and Mail
Adrian Wall has worked as an adviser and manager at Fisheries and Oceans Canada for three decades, managing up to 100 people at a time. It's been a tough few years for his department with budget cuts and layoffs leaving fewer people to do more work. Regulating a finite natural resource inherently produces conflict, and at times his employees have been threatened — "some staff have been faced with rifles, been shot at," he notes.More

Mental health advocates rally behind new bill
U.S. News & World Report
Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., said recently that he has not stepped onto the House floor without a member of Congress asking him what will happen to mental health legislation — raising the hopes of many that 2015 might be the year for substantial change in the field. Murthy elaborated on the Helping Families with Mental Health Crisis Act, which he plans to reintroduce in a few weeks. The bill would increase access to psychiatric beds, allow patients to get medications they need more easily, and create accountability services to make sure care is delivered as it should be, among other measures.More

Workplace stress? Check your inbox
The Huffington Post
At GCC we work with many of the world's most respected, forward-thinking employers, and it's interesting to note just how many are now focusing on mental health. One of the most enlightened employers we work with is Fiat-Chrysler in Brazil, where there is a constant effort to adopt best practice from their colleagues across the world. This isn't the whim of one human resources department, either; the German Government is poised to enact anti-stress laws that will make it illegal for employers to send emails to workers during free time and holidays.More

Major industry changes for telepsychiatry in 2015
By Dr. Jim Varrell
I love the new year. I'm always impressed by its power to somehow force us to look back on what we've accomplished, where we've failed and what lessons we've learned along the way. More importantly, I love how it grants us the opportunity to look forward. As my team has strategized for the future, I wanted to share some of our predictions for where the telepsychiatry industry is going in 2015 and beyond. So though I’m a psychiatrist, and not a psychic, I'll pretend and prognosticate a bit.More

Studies: Long hours, shift work can be detrimental to health
By Denise A. Valenti
"Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'. Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin' ..." Dolly Parton's popular song "9 to 5" from 1980 lamented the difficulties and stress associated with having a traditional workday. But, an eight-hour day of working 9-to-5 really is not that bad — especially for your health. Several recent studies show the impact of work hours on health is related to the number of hours that are worked and also what time of day the work occurs.More

Mental health disorders account for half of occupational health referrals
Personnel Today
Mental health disorders now account for more than half of all cases reported by occupational physicians, making them the most common work-related ill health problem, the Society of Occupational Medicine's journal Occupational Medicine has said.More

Canadian study: 38 percent of workers wouldn't tell their boss if they had a mental health issue
Every year, about one in four Americans experiences a mental health issue such as depression, addiction or post traumatic stress. These conditions often necessitate time off from work to focus on treatment and well-being, but telling your boss you have a mental health condition isn't always easy. According to a study by the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, more than a third of workers wouldn't tell their manager if they had a mental health issue, even though the same workers said they'd be happy to help a colleague struggling with mental health concerns.More