EAP NewsBrief
Oct. 15, 2013

Forget work-life balance — 7 paradigm shifts for 'new normal'
The reality of life is that we have a "new normal" in regards to work-life balance. Five trends create this new normal.More

Stigma sticks to mental illness in the Australian workplace
Perth Now
Australian employees suffering from mental illness are often discriminated at work because of the stigma attached to the topic and managers need to be better trained to deal with it, experts say. Figures show 74 south Australians contacted the state's Equal Opportunity Commission last year seeking information about potential unfair treatment because of mental illness. Experts warn the problem was under-reported amid fears it was just the tip of the iceberg, particularly in the state's workplaces.More

Mental health loses funding as government continues shutdown
As federal and state governments look to cut budgets at every turn, mental and behavioral health services are often on the chopping block first. Financial cuts, compounded with U.S. stigma often applied to mental health troubles and disparate access to services across the county, mean that those who need services most are often those left without proper care.More

Major UK employers join European depression task force
Workplace Savings and Benefits
Some of the largest employers in Europe have launched a program to raise awareness of depression in the workplace. "Target Depression in the Workplace" brings major European firms together for the first time to address and assess depression in the workplace.More

Only 15 percent of HR professionals consider absence management to be a main concern
Workplace Savings and Benefits
Only 15 percent of HR professionals consider absence management to be a main concern, yet almost half (49 percent) admit managing absence poses a problem for their companies. The findings from a study conducted by Imperial College Business School and commissioned by PMI Health Group of HR directors and managers, revealed that over a third (35 percent) of practitioners said demonstrating return on investment was their No. 1 priority over the next 12 months.More

Suicides among Army soldiers rise, most caused by underlying mental illnesses
The Medical Daily
The U.S. military's effort to prevent suicide among the ranks has yielded mixed results, according to analysts, with some decreases among soldiers serving on active duty — perhaps given improved social support and mental health screenings. But suicides have risen among reserve component soldiers not on active duty, Army officials said.More

EAP helps drive change in employee wellness approach
Benefits Canada
When it comes to maintaining and improving employee wellness, mental health has become a lead topic for employers and benefit providers — and with good reason. Many organizations have adopted some type of employee assistance program to support wellness, but a traditional EAP is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to workplace mental health.More

Workplace mental health too big for businesses to ignore
International Business Times
Work related mental health problems are an issue too important for businesses or employees to ignore. A look is taken at the state of mental health in the workplace, addressing stigma, communication and action.More

How can mental health problems be handled in the workplace?
Workplace Law
Researchers state that mental ill health is usually caused by a combination of pressures at work and at home, saying that increasing worries about debt, rising bills and job insecurity, as the economy continues to remain depressed, may therefore lead to a further surge in mental ill health. "It's important for managers to look after their employees' interests, by regularly assessing the demands their employees may be under from their work, and also taking into account any excessive stress they may be feeling from their home-life too," said Dr. Jill Murray, a study author.More

Building resilience into business will benefit people and the bottom line
The Guardian
High levels of emotional and physical resilience — defined as a set of conditions that allow individual adaptation to different forms of adversity, and often characterized as inner strength, fortitude or hardiness — empower employees to cope better with life events. The global recession has created myriad factors that can reduce levels of emotional wellbeing.More