EAP NewsBrief
Jun. 17, 2014

EAPA to help create 'winter wonderland' joy for terminally ill kids and their families
The closing event at EAPA's 2014 World EAP Conference in Orlando this year offers attendees the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and their families from around the world who are facing terminal illness. Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre nonprofit "storybook" resort where terminally ill children and their families from more than 75 countries are treated to free weeklong fantasy vacations. EAPA has arranged for conference attendees to volunteer as a group on Thursday evening, October 2, when the GKTW village will turn into a winter wonderland as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive from the North Pole. We will help by setting up, delivering gifts, greeting families, running arts and crafts, cookie decorating, and other activities all intended to provide a truly magical experience for everyone concerned. Imagine the difference you can help make in their lives — and your own — by participating in this once in a lifetime opportunity.More

Report: Climate change will mean more stress, anxiety, PTSD in the future
The Weather Channel
The impacts of climate change on the world are often obvious, like the sight of retreating glaciers in Alaska or the slow creep of rising seas that are washing big portions of southern Louisiana out into the Gulf of Mexico. But look at it from a different perspective, and it's clear that some of the biggest impacts from Earth's rapidly warming climate occur within us as human beings, like the sense of loss and trauma felt by hurricane survivors after everything they know — their homes, workplaces, churches, really their entire community — is swept out to sea.More

New findings on timing and range of post partum depression
The New York Times
Postpartum depression isn't always postpartum. It isn't even always depression. A fast-growing body of research is changing the very definition of maternal mental illness, showing that it is more common and varied than previously thought. Scientists say new findings contradict the longstanding view that symptoms begin only within a few weeks after childbirth. In fact, depression often begins during pregnancy, researchers say, and can develop any time in the first year after a baby is born.More

Crafting a workplace anti-bullying policy
Employee Benefit News
Workplace and school violence events have contributed to our increasing national conversation about "bullying." Recently, National Public Radio quoted a Zogby poll in which more than a quarter of American workers reported that they have experienced abusive conduct at work. Sixty-four percent of respondents to a Monster Global Poll felt that they had been "bullied, either physically hurt, driven to tears, or had their work performance harmed."More

EEOC regulatory agenda may require changes in company wellness incentives
HR Morning
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's spring Regulatory Agenda has revealed some potentially disturbing developments for those with company sponsored wellness programs. The agenda revealed that the EEOC intends to issue two proposed rules in the coming months. How do the ADA and wellness incentives/penalties mix?More

Dual diagnosis patients: Underserved and underrepresented
Counseling Today
Mental health treatment has greatly improved over the past century. It has moved away from exiling patients to mental "hospitals" and instead offers inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, individual therapy, group therapy and several other options. There is, however, one specific mental health population that is underserved and underrepresented time and time again — the mental health population with co-occurring substance use and abuse (addictions).More

Medical center creates innovative 'lavender alerts' to help employee stress
Daily pressures overwhelmed Elaine Fitzgerald as she re-established herself in the work world after returning from a medical leave. A social worker who assists with patient discharge planning at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Fitzgerald was accustomed to stress.More

Workplace wellness programs benefit employee retention, productivity
If the potential for lower healthcare costs and improved employee productivity are not reason enough for your organization to offer a workplace wellness program, then how about viewing wellness as a retention tool as well?More

EAPs are under-used but still make a difference
Los Angeles Times
Wendy Wolfson's 7-year-old son picked a bad day to get sent home from first grade. It was her first day at a new job, and she was in the middle of an employee orientation when she heard the news. As luck would have it, the training Wolfson was attending at work included an explanation of a little-understood and little-used employee benefit that provided help. Called employee assistance programs and offered by many employers, these provide confidential referral services of all kinds. They include a range of personal services for workers and their families in need of help.More

Depression in the workplace costing workers and businesses
The Sydney Morning Herald
An alarming number of Australians feel their workplaces are mentally unhealthy environments, causing staff to take more sick days due to depression, anxiety and stress, a new survey has found. Workers say mental well-being is even more neglected than physical safety on the job, with 48 percent of 1126 respondents saying their employers fail to help them through job-related or personal mental health issues.More

Psychological safety as important to the workplace as physical safety
Financial Post
Normal business operations and processes, and certainly change initiatives, can create significant risks to psychological safety and — unless identified and addressed — can lead to the outcomes of lethargy, negativity, absenteeism and illness to say nothing about potential liabilities for the employer.More