EAP NewsBrief
Feb. 26, 2013

Affordable Care Act will expand mental health, substance use disorder benefits for 62 million
The Affordable Care Act builds on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to extend federal parity protections to 62 million Americans. The parity law aims to ensure that when coverage for mental health and substance use conditions is provided, it is generally comparable to coverage for medical and surgical care. The Affordable Care Act builds on the parity law by requiring coverage of mental health and substance use disorder benefits for millions of Americans in the individual and small group markets who currently lack these benefits, and expanding parity requirements to apply to millions of Americans whose coverage did not previously comply with those requirements.More

Veterans suffer from guilt over wartime events
CBS News
With American troops at war for more than a decade, there's been an unprecedented number of studies into war zone psychology and an evolving understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder. Clinicians suspect some troops are suffering from what they call "moral injuries" — wounds from having done something, or failed to stop something, that violates their moral code.More

Lasting legacy of childhood bullying: Psychiatric problems in adulthood
It's not just the victims of bullying that experience long-term consequences; bullies themselves are also at risk of mental health issues later in life. In a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers report that all three groups who reported being involved in bullying experienced some long-term psychiatric effects in the form of anxiety, depressive or antisocial personality disorders, or some type of alcohol or marijuana abuse.More

Study: 41 percent of employees in India stressed at work due to IT
With a growing number of personal devices being used at the workplace, dealing with IT problems has emerged as the most stressful issue at work for young employees in India, says a research commissioned by VMware. According to the "New Way of Life Study 2013" survey, Indians find dealing with IT issues (40 percent) far more stressful than dealing with bureaucracy (35 percent) or their workload (31 percent).More

HR directors: Employee burnout common in nearly a third of UK companies
HR Magazine
Nearly a third of U.K. human resource directors say employee burnout is common within their organization, according to research published recently by recruitment firm Robert Half. The research also revealed that 67 percent of U.K. HR directors cite "workload" as the primary reason for employee burnout, although this figure rises to 75 percent for large and 73 percent for public sector companies.More

How sports leagues handle mental health issues
Fort Mill Times
Houston Rockets' first-round draft pick Royce White recently publicly criticized the National Basketball Association for lacking a protocol for handling mental illness. Here's a look at the policies America's four major sports leagues have to assist players with mental health issues.More

What makes some therapists more effective than others?
American Psychological Association
Why are some psychologists better at providing therapy than others? "It's quite surprising how little research has been devoted to (answering this question), particularly given its importance in psychotherapy training," says Bruce Wampold, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.More

Harassment by association
Human Resource Executive Online
Can an employee's connection to someone in a protected class be the basis for a successful harassment lawsuit? It may be, according to the California appeals court ruling that allows former firefighter David Derr to proceed with his claim that a supervisor regularly harassed him for defending his lesbian daughter.More

Complaints from Canadian public servants not as high as expected
Ottawa Citizen via The Leader-Post
The widely expected deluge of complaints from disgruntled Canadian public servants challenging their bosses' decisions to lay them off didn't materialize in the first year of the Conservatives 2012 budget cuts, says the head of the staffing tribunal. The strain of the job cuts is behind an increase in distress calls to the government's 24-hour helpline and its employee assistance program. The number of mental health claims, already at record highs, has inched higher since the downsizing began.More

Beyond the basics: Workplace trauma and the impact of community
La Jolla Light
Many individuals equate workplace trauma with on-the-job physical violence, injury and emotional distress — incidents most likely to occur in high-risk professions including firefighters, law enforcement officers and health professionals. However, workplace trauma is not limited to the threat or experience of physical harm. Bullying, harassment, theft and even more subtle or external issues like natural disasters or downsizing can all have a detrimental impact on employee health and well-being.More

Mood-sensing smartphone app records emotions
Hot Hardware
One app that could make a big difference for some smartphone users is Xpression, a yet-to-be-released app that will record a person's emotions so the data can be shared with a mental health professional. If Xpression works as well as its Emotional Intelligent Technologies expects, the app could provide doctors with much better data about their patients than they get from most patients today.More

Do people with kids get more job flexibility?
Michigan Radio
A study from Michigan State University says it's not just people with families who have a hard time balancing work and life. Single people have the same issues, but they may not get the same workplace flexibility as those with kids.More

The benefits of positive parenting
The New York Times
Is there a science to parenting? For all the current discussion in the United States about gun violence and mental illness, there has been little attention paid to root causes. Any effort aiming to reduce gun violence — or child abuse, intimate partner violence, suicide or sexual abuse — must include a serious discussion about how society can improve the quality of parenting.More