EAP NewsBrief
Jul. 30, 2013

Depression in workplace affects 1 in 8; Gallup poll cites EAPs
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index's new survey on depression in the workplace found that 1 in 8 American workers — roughly 13 million people — have been diagnosed with depression during their lifetime. What can depressed workers and their bosses do? Gallup's report talks about early identification and treatment, employee assistance programs and de-stigmatizing treatment.More

EAPs help in preparation for FMLA cases
Research indicates that employees who invoke the Family Medical Leave Act are much more likely to request short-term disability within a year. A panel of experts has come out with six practical steps employers can take to address the impact on their business of such absences, including connecting employees with resources such as employee assistance programs.More

'Gold standard' DOT/SAP Qualification and Update Training offered at World EAP Conference
DOT/SAP expert, Dr. Tamara Cagney, will provide a two-day pre-conference training course that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional qualification training requirements under 49 CFR Part 40.281(c)(1) and update training for SAPs under 49 CFR Part 40.281(d). The course, to be taught at EAPA's World EAP Conference in Phoenix Oct. 15-16, is perfect for EA professionals and EAP affiliate providers seeking to add or maintain a SAP service component in their practice. Attendees will leave the course with a detailed manual, requisite knowledge of the Part 40 modal rules (FAA, FMCSA, etc.), awareness of ethical concerns common to the SAP role, and familiarity with available resources to stay current.More

Scientists warn of overwhelming costs of mental illness
Health systems could be "overwhelmed" by the costs of coping with mental illnesses such as dementia, depression and addiction if nothing is done now to boost investment in research, leading neuroscientists said. Publishing a study that put the estimated costs of brain disorders in Britain alone at more than 112 billion pounds ($172 billion) a year, they said mental illness research needed to attract the same funding levels as illnesses such as cancer and heart diseases to be able to reduce the burden.More

Drinking coffee can lower risk of suicide
Counsel & Heal
According to a new study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, drinking coffee might be effective in lowering suicide risks. Researchers were able to conclude that drinking two to four cups of caffeinated coffee a day could lower the risk of suicide by one half when compared to people who drank decaffeinated coffee or very little to no coffee at all.More

Volunteering linked to better physical, mental health
Employee Benefit News
Three-quarters of volunteers say volunteering has made them feel physically healthier and lowered their stress levels, according to a new study released by UnitedHealthGroup and the Optum Institute. The study also illustrates that employers benefit from employees who volunteer in terms of better employee health and in professional skills development that employees use in the workplace.More

Millennials pose unique challenge in benefit offerings
Human Resource Executive
Experts say today's typical younger workers expect hyper-customized products, look for parental and peer input on their decisions and connect around the clock with friends through social media on mobile devices. They're also significantly less likely than their older coworkers to opt in to employer-sponsored benefit plans, according to a new study by the ADP Research Institute. The report identifies millennials and low-wage workers as facing the greatest health care challenges.More

Bipolar patients who binge eat experience wider range of mental illnesses
Medical Daily
Among those with bipolar disorder, both obesity and binge eating are common, however, as separate conditions. Now, while looking for new treatments for the mood disorder, researchers have found that obese patients who binge eat may experience different symptoms of bipolar disorder than those who don't binge eat, but are obese.More

In Europe, mentally ill lost 10 percent more jobs than mentally fit
Medical Daily
In a study of 27 European countries, researchers surveyed 20,000 people in 2006 and again in 2010 — in other words, before and after the recession. Researchers found vast discrepancies in unemployment rates between the mentally fit and the mentally ill.More

How behavioral health professionals can shape the future of health care teams
Behavioral Healthcare
Thanks to health care reform, many new paths are opening that are well suited to the basic skills of mental health professionals, but following them will require that you have not only additional capabilities but greater business literacy as well. For example, health promotion and illness prevention are not synonymous with psychotherapy, but a skilled psychotherapist has a strong foundation for building additional skills to keep people healthy.More

Survey: Workers feel trapped in their jobs
Nearly 400 employees throughout the U.S. and Canada took part in a new survey by Right Management, the talent and career management experts within ManpowerGroup, and 84 percent concede that they sometimes feel trapped in their job and want to find a new position elsewhere. When employees are so disaffected management’s job is much more difficult, said Ron Sims, Talent Management Practice Leader at Right Management.More

Study: Unattractive workers more likely target of cruel behavior
Human Resources Executive
In an article published in the latest edition of Human Performance, researchers report the findings of a recent study that showed unattractive workers are more likely to be harassed and bullied by colleagues in their organization. Appearance matters, they conclude.More