EAP NewsBrief
Apr. 7, 2015

EARF issues call for applicants to produce definitive history of EA practice
Employee Assistance Research Foundation
The Employee Assistance Research Foundation (EARF) is issuing this "Sources Sought" to identify persons interested in conducting a project for the Foundation to produce a history of employee assistance practice (EAP) in the United States and other countries. This history should focus upon work from the mid 1970s forward to the present, encompass developments between the late 1960s and the present, and incorporate a brief review of prior published historical work. Deadline to respond to the Sources Sought call is April 30.More

What if my patient is a pilot?
CNN
Robert Klitzman writes: "A pilot called me last week, concerned he might have Marfan syndome," a health care provider told me recently at a meeting. "But if I find he has the disease, do I have to report him to the Federal Aviation Administration? And if so, should I call him first and tell him that? Would he lose his job?" She was totally unsure what to do. Several other providers were present, and none of them knew, either."More

The shrinks who only see CIA officers
The Daily Beast
Some United States intelligence analysts spend days scouring ISIS beheading videos and jihadists' porn. When it gets to be too much, there's a cadre of therapists on call.More

In Zimbabwe firms lose $100 million to mental health issues
Nehanda Radio
Zimbabwean companies are losing over $100 million annually in wages and productivity through mental health or stress related absence from work, a latest survey has shown.More

NIDA seeking information to address drug abuse and addiction in small business
National Institute on Drug Abuse
The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is looking for feedback from people who are affected by drug abuse and addiction or who are working in addiction research, treatment, or prevention to determine needs that could be addressed by NIDA's Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Research programs. Information sought includes reasons for using technology-based products and the importance of a variety of product and service characteristics. Deadline for response to NIDA's RFI is April 17.More

Does your boss have a right to know if you're mentally ill?
Bloomberg
How do you stop a mentally ill person from sitting down at the controls of a jetliner or a nuclear power plant, or from holstering a gun for a night on the beat? How can employers respect workers' privacy while preventing people suffering from serious mental illness from putting themselves or others at risk on the job? How can companies assist those who need help without intruding on their workers' private lives?More

Mental illness stigma alive and well
Workplace Savings & Benefits
The stigma around mental health is alive and well at the top of business. Two thirds (69 percent) of senior business managers and owners do not believe suffering from stress, anxiety or depression is a serious enough reason for employees to be off work.More

New Zealand: Managing workplace bullying complaints
HealthCanal
Brian was a car salesperson, transferred across town to a new dealership. Brian's arrival at his new workplace started three weeks of bullying. Unfortunately, events in Brian's life had caused him to become emotionally unwell, for which he sought treatment. The employer knew of Brian's situation and treatment.More

European study: Alcohol-dependent hospital patients die earlier from multiple morbidities
Medical News Today
Scientists from the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University of Bonn Hospital, together with British colleagues, have discovered that alcohol-dependent hospital patients die from multiple morbidities 7.6 years earlier than patients without a history of alcohol addiction.More

Employers have a stake in the urgent need for mental health care
Entrepreneur
A 2010 review of scientific literature looked at 10 studies related to workers' control over their hours and health. The review found that people with ability to determine their own schedules had better mental health, healthier blood pressure and better sleep habits than those on fixed or involuntary schedules.More

APA research: Older execs bring valuable skills to the job
Psych Central
New research has found that age matters in the workplace. The research, published in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Applied Psychology, found that older executives bring valuable skills to the job, such as higher "crystallized intelligence," which includes verbal ability and knowledge born of experience. But compared with younger employees, older executives show marked declines in "fluid intelligence," which involves the ability to reason, the study found.More