EAP NewsBrief
Oct. 1, 2013

Can mass shootings really be stopped?
NPR News via WWNO-FM
Three industry experts address the role of mental health, treatment, intervention and weapons availability play in workplace shootings such as the recent situation at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.More

Number of US outpatients receiving psychotherapy alone fell by 34 percent
The New York Times
In the U.S., from 1998 to 2007, the number of patients in outpatient mental health facilities receiving psychotherapy alone fell by 34 percent, while the number receiving medication alone increased by 23 percent. This is not necessarily for lack of interest. A recent analysis of 33 studies found that patients expressed a three-times-greater preference for psychotherapy over medications. The problem is psychotherapy has an image problem. Primary care physicians, insurers, policy makers, the public and even many therapists are largely unaware of the high level of research support that psychotherapy has. More

Providers bracing for surge of new patients seeking mental health care under the federal health law
The Wall Street Journal
A burgeoning effort is underway to integrate psychiatric care into primary-care practices, in a bid to make more efficient use of a limited number of mental health professionals. Providers are bracing for a surge of new patients seeking mental health care under the federal health law, and some are using new ways to deliver more care to more patients at less cost.More

EAP Career Central jobs attract over 3,000 views a month
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
EA job seekers have received the message loud and clear: If you want to find a job in employee assistance, EAP Career Central is the place to look! During the past month, EAPA's dedicated job listing service received almost 3,500 views. "There is no better place to find EA job opportunities all over the world," explains Marina London, the EAPA staff member who manages the job board. "Job seekers can post their resumes confidentially, so only legitimate employers can view them. On the employer side, employers know that the people viewing their jobs are likely to be experienced professionals who understand the specialized EA body of knowledge, so they are enthusiastic about posting with us." As if that weren't enough, during the 2008 economic downturn EAPA made the decision to post other related positions, including those in HR, social work, psychology and counseling, to serve EAPA members even more comprehensively. More

More than suicide — mental disorders are risk factors for accidental deaths
Psychiatric News
While much attention has been paid to the heightened risk for suicide in people with mental illness, it appears that accidental death is a greater danger to them than suicide is. This troubling finding has emerged from a large national population study headed by Casey Crump, M.D., Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University. The results were published recently in the British Journal of Psychiatry.More

Penalties becoming commonplace in wellness programs
Benefits Pro
Many employers are no longer just shaking their heads about low participation in employee health programs and walking away. They are taking action.More

Canada may be underestimating mental health statistics
The Edson Leader
It has been estimated that 1 in 5 Canadians in their lifetime and 1 in 3 each year will seek mental health care help but a Canadian mental health promotion facilitator says that number could be higher. "Not everybody asks for help, so the problem lies in that any stats we give are based on people that have asked for assistance," Trevor Haas said.More

Leveraging apps for counselor self-care
Counseling Today
Considering the very demanding and giving nature of counselors, it may come as no surprise that counselor self-care is often put on the back burner. Apps have been found to help with counselor self-care across three dimensions of wellness: physical, psychological and emotional.More

Is workplace bullying the next major battleground in employment law?
Lexology
Employees are increasingly bringing the playground into the boardroom. So, what should employers do in the case of bullying? In order to stay ahead of the curve, employers should always be striving to foster a culture of respect.More

Employers face challenges when dealing with mental illness at work
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
Employers are understandably confused as to when they can approach an employee about mental health issues, and when to stay away. In general, employers should wait for an employee to come to them when they need reasonable accommodations under the ADA. However, concerns about employee safety and obvious mental issues at work are different.More

1 in 4 Australians who feel overworked experience anxiety
BRW
The latest research from think tank, the Australia Institute, and mental health organization, beyondblue, shows that 1 in 4 Australians who feel overworked experience anxiety and 3.3 million Australians experience loss of sleep due to work stress. At a time of perpetual change and transformation in the corporate sector it is timely for business leaders to be reminded of the impact of their decisions and strategies on employees.More

Tips for dealing with death in the workplace
Australian Broker
It is not uncommon for employees to find out about a death via Facebook or a call during working hours. There isn't much managers can do to control this, but by thinking about how to handle the situation before it happens they can ensure they manage it effectively.More