EAP NewsBrief
May. 20, 2014

EAPA seeking nominations for 2014 EAPA Board of Directors
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
EAPA is seeking nominations for positions on the EAPA Board of Directors for the 2014-16 term of service. The nominations period will be open through Sunday, June 29. As in previous years, the election will be conducted online. Board positions available for nomination are President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, four (4) USA based At-Large Directors, and three (3) non-USA based At-Large Directors. All nominators must be current voting members of EAPA. A candidate may nominate her/himself. All positions may be nominated by any eligible voting member, regardless of geographic location or residency. Nominations must be submitted on the online 2014 BOD Election Nomination Form. If you are unable to submit a nomination online, contact Chris Drake at findir@eapassn.org or703-317-1000, ext. 305, for assistance.More

Research suggests mindfulness effective in treating attention deficit disorder
The New York Times
Poor planning, wandering attention and trouble inhibiting impulses all signify lapses in cognitive control. Now a growing stream of research suggests that strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in so-called mindfulness, may help children and adults cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its adult equivalent, attention deficit disorder.More

When depression becomes depressing
Consider that depression actually could be depressing, in more ways than one. What if it's a matter of repeating ingrained self-defeating habits of mind and behavior, what author Bill O'Hanlon calls "doing depression?" It then creates grooves in the brain to the point of being literally stuck in a brain circuitry rut.More

App for bipolar disorder being tested
HealthDay News
A smartphone app that uses voice analysis to detect mood changes in people with bipolar disorder is being tested by researchers. The app showed promise in early tests with a small group of patients, according to a University of Michigan research team, and if further testing confirms its usefulness, the app could be used to detect subtle voice changes that give an early warning about mood changes to people with bipolar disorder and their health care providers.More

Evidence-based workplace depression prevention programs prove effective
University of New South Wales via Medical Xpress
For many, the workplace is where we are the most stressed, anxious or depressed. But with 60 percent of the population employed, and 60 percent of our waking hours spent working, workplaces are a prime location to base mental health education and prevention programs.More

Alcoholism drugs work in study that may dispel doubts
Bloomberg Businessweek
Four medicines to treat alcoholism worked to reduce addiction, a study found, providing evidence that may overcome skepticism and spur greater use of the drugs. The medications helped alcoholics reduce their drinking, an analysis of more than 120 studies found. The drugs "are not used as much as they potentially could," said Daniel Jonas, the lead study author and an associate professor of medicine, at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.More

The financial and human toll for neglecting the mentally ill
USA Today
VideoBrief More than half a million Americans with serious mental illness are falling through the cracks of a system in tatters, a special report shows. The mentally ill who have nowhere to go and find little sympathy from those around them often land hard in emergency rooms, county jails and city streets. The lucky ones find homes with family. The unlucky ones show up in the morgue. "We have replaced the hospital bed with the jail cell, the homeless shelter and the coffin," says Rep. Tim Murphy, a child psychologist leading an effort to remodel the mental health system.More

Open plan offices a health and productivity risk
Workplace Savings and Benefits
Despite being the most common working environment, open plan offices may actually be detrimental to employee health, wellbeing and productivity, according to Canada Life research. Those working in an open plan office were also almost six times more likely than home workers to believe their working environment promoted stress (28 percent vs. 5 percent), with previous research demonstrating workplace stress could significantly increase absence levels.More

Recognizing danger in the workplace and at schools
EHS Today
About 2 million employees are affected by workplace violence every year, according to OSHA. "This is not simply a case of the 24-hour news cycle maintaining a captive audience with fear mongering," says retired physician Mohinder Goomar. "In addition to the reported cases of workplace violence, who knows how many go unreported? A prevalent common denominator is untreated mental illness," says Goomar, author of It's Just My Opinion, which discusses his experience with dissociative identity disorder.More

Bullying's long-term effects seen in both the bullied and the bully
National Geographic
The effects of bullying in childhood can last a lifetime, both for the child who's bullied and for his or her tormenter. But according to a Duke University study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, while young adults show long-term ill effects of having been bullied in childhood, those who did the bullying might actually be healthier than their peers in one important measure.More