EAP NewsBrief
May. 13, 2014

EAPA opens call for nominations for 2014 annual awards
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
Each year EAPA recognizes and celebrates the achievement of members, individuals and organizations who have distinguished themselves through their work and leadership in the EA profession. EAPA Awards salute outstanding achievements in a number of different categories, including EAPA Member of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, EAP Quality Award, Outstanding Chapter and Branch Awards and more. Awards will be presented at the 2014 World EAP Conference. The nomination process involves completing an online form, demonstrating that qualifying criteria are met and highlighting specific achievements that support the nomination. Each nominee must receive at least two separate nominations in order to be considered by the Awards Committee. EAPA is accepting nominations through July 11.More

Medications cut violence among mentally ill in study
The Wall Street Journal
Mentally ill people are substantially less likely to commit a violent crime if they are taking psychiatric medication, according to a large new study of the mentally ill in Sweden. The study, published in the journal The Lancet, comes amid persistent concern about the connection between violence and mental illness, fueled by high-profile mass shootings and crimes committed by people diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Many mental health experts say the connection between the two is overblown in the public mind.More

The neurobiology of suicide
The Lancet
The stress-diathesis model posits that suicide is the result of an interaction between state-dependent (environmental) stressors and a trait-like diathesis or susceptibility to suicidal behavior, independent of psychiatric disorders. Findings from post-mortem studies of the brain and from genomic and in-vivo neuroimaging studies indicate a biological basis for this diathesis, indicating the importance of neurobiological screening and interventions,More

Barriers still formidable for mental health, substance abuse treatment
Los Angeles Times
Despite optimism in the wake of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which took effect in 2010, and the Affordable Care Act, experts say it will take time for mental health and substance abuse coverage to gain true equality in a health care system that has largely treated them as an afterthought. They point out existing barriers to mental health and substance abuse care, and how patients can work to overcome them.More

Depression treatment technique uses new helmet therapy
BBC News
A helmet that delivers electro-magnetic impulses to the brain has shown promise in treating people with depression, Danish researchers have said. About 30 percent of those with the condition fail to respond to medication or psychological counseling. The new device targets malfunctioning blood cells in the brain.More

Recognizing the warning signs of mental distress
Benefits Canada
Leaders often struggle with managing employees when there seems to be a personal issue impacting job performance, especially when there could be an emerging mental health issue at play. They don't want to pry, they don't want to make things worse, and they certainly don't want to end up counseling the employee. As a result, employees in trouble are left to deal with their issues themselves — and left unchecked — performance problems worsen.More

Mental health problems mediate link between childhood trauma, aggression
Data from a study conducted by Dr. Machteld Hoeve, of the University of Amsterdam, and colleagues demonstrate that mental health problems mediate the link between childhood maltreatment and aggression. The study tested the association between childhood maltreatment and adolescent aggression using data collected between 2009 and 2012 as part of mental health screening at two Dutch male juvenile justice facilities, and examined whether this relationship is mediated by mental health problems, according to a press release.More

In study, ecstasy shows promise for treating PTSD
Houston Chronicle via Stars and Stripes
A small but important study that has shown remarkable results using a combination of the drug MDMA — known on the street as ecstasy or "Molly" - and conventional therapy to treat post-traumatic stress disorder could be of significant value to thousands of veterans. The South Carolina study, performed by Dr. Michael Mithoefer and his wife, Ann, under the auspices of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, or MAPS, involves the short-term use, under close psychiatric care, of the drug 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine, known medically as MDMA.More

Study: Men from ethnic minorities take longer to recover from mental illness
Royal Holloway, University of London via Medical Xpress
Men from ethnic minorities suffering from mental health problems in the U.K. can take longer to recover than white men as they are more reluctant to seek professional help, according to research at Royal Holloway, University of London. The study, which analyzed the experiences of 12 groups of men with poor mental health from African-Caribbean, African, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Chinese communities in London and the West Midlands, found that BME men's ability to talk openly about feeling vulnerable was affected by masculine identity.More

Investing in employees to invest in health care
Employers seem to be on an endless quest to get employees to care more about their benefits and health care, giving rise to a booming multibillion-dollar wellness industry and an array of online tools and gadgets that help workers track steps, choose benefits or pick a doctor. And yet, employee engagement remains a frustrating mystery to many employers. But finding a way to connect with employees is becoming increasingly important as companies usher in an era of health care consumerism.More