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  • Alcohol, drug abuse more likely to result in violent behavior than mental illness
  • Survey: FMLA can be used as a warning system to prevent costly absences
  • EAPA issues annual chapter/branch 'call for data'
  • Trauma sets female veterans adrift back home
  • The sequester: A mental health crisis
  • Change in mental health system boosts Connecticut
  • Catfight? Workplace conflicts between women get bad rap
  • Do male caregivers face workplace discrimination?
  • Stress may offer workplace benefits
  • Common genetic basis found for 5 major psychiatric illnesses
  • Work, cancer difficult to discuss
  • Study: Police 'psychotic disorder' hits some young cops who've experienced trauma
  • Working from home: 9 results of telecommuting

  • Alcohol, drug abuse more likely to result in violent behavior than mental illness
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The National Institute of Mental Health's Epidemiologic Catchment Area study, which followed nearly 18,000 subjects, found that the lifetime prevalence of violence among people with serious mental illness — was 16 percent, compared with 7 percent among people without any mental disorder. Alcohol and drug abuse are far more likely to result in violent behavior than mental illness by itself. In the National Institute of Mental Health's E.C.A. study, for example, people with no mental disorder who abused alcohol or drugs were nearly seven times as likely as those without substance abuse to commit violent acts. More

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    Survey: FMLA can be used as a warning system to prevent costly absences
    Workforce    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Employers may be able to use the Family and Medical Leave Act as an early warning system to prevent or minimize costs associated with disability absences. According to a recent report, paying attention to FMLA claims gives employers the chance to connect employees with employee assistance programs and other existing health benefits. More

    EAPA issues annual chapter/branch 'call for data'
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    To fulfill its statutory and oversight responsibilities as a nonprofit (501(c)3) educational organization, EAPA must conduct an annual call for data from all its chapters and branches. Timely submission is mandatory for all EAPA chapters and branches and failure to respond may lead to involuntary dissolution or disassociation action by the EAPA board of directors for the noncompliant chapter or branch. The deadline for this mandatory submission is March 15, 2013. All chapter and branch officers should visit http://www.eapassn.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=672 (member login required) for further information and for a link to the submission form. The submission consists of completion of a single online form for use by both U.S. chapters and non-U.S. branches. Please review items carefully as needed responses may vary depending upon chapter or branch organization type. Any chapter or branch having questions or difficulties in completing the form should contact EAPA's Senior Director Finance & Operations, Chris Drake, by email at findir@eapassn.org, or by telephone at (703) 387-1000 extension 305.

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    Trauma sets female veterans adrift back home
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    VideoBrief A common pathway to homelessness for women, researchers and psychologists said, is military sexual trauma, or M.S.T., from assaults or harassment during their service, which can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. More

    The sequester: A mental health crisis
    The American Prospect    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The sequester cuts are much sharper for families, advocates and local officials who rely on government funding to treat and care for those with mental illness. The big picture for the crisis: Disoriented, suffering people may end up jailed or resort to suicide because the wait for treatment is too long. More

    Change in mental health system boosts Connecticut
    CTMirror.org    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A significant shift in how Connecticut addresses mental health has made the state a leader in a national push to move from a "medical" approach to mental illness to a so-called recovery model. In the old system, medication and therapy were seen as "the center of the universe," said Jim Siemianowski, a spokesman for the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. More



    Catfight? Workplace conflicts between women get bad rap
    HealthCanal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A new study from the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business suggests troubling perceptions exist when it comes to women involved in disputes at work. The researchers asked experiment participants to assess one of three workplace conflict scenarios, all identical except for the names of the individuals involved: Adam and Steven, Adam and Sarah, or Sarah and Anna. The study, published in the journal Academy of Management Perspectives, found that when the scenario depicted female-female conflict, participants perceived there to be more negative implications than the male-male or male-female conflicts. More

    Do male caregivers face workplace discrimination?
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Many male caregivers choose to be stay-at-home dads; some others have lost their jobs and become caregivers by default. But increasingly men are being thrust into (or welcoming) the role of caregiver — for their children and/or aging parents — while working full-time jobs. And those male caregivers may unfortunately face a tougher time than women from employers who are used to caregivers being, well, women! More

    Stress may offer workplace benefits
    Yale Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a recent study to be published in The Journal of Social and Psychological Sciences, Yale University president-elect Peter Salovey collaborated with lead author and Columbia adjunct professor Alia Crum and former Harvard researcher Shawn Achor to show that training employees to view stress positively can result in improved job performance. In order to investigate the impact of stress, Crum and her team evaluated a group of 380 employees from a prominent investment bank. More



    Common genetic basis found for 5 major psychiatric illnesses
    The Lancet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Psychiatric illnesses have long been believed to have a genetic component. A new study has not only reinforced that concept but also found that five major psychiatric illnesses share a common genetic basis. The findings may lead to new treatments for these disorders. The study was published by researchers affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital who examined genetic data from more than 60,000 people worldwide. More

    Work, cancer difficult to discuss
    Workforce    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Cancer at work still reflects the attributes San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Drew Silvern delivered to his readers nearly two decades ago during his battle with the disease. Though communications and acceptance have improved, cancer is an uncomfortable subject to confront and remains just as difficult to discuss. More

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    Study: Police 'psychotic disorder' hits some young cops who've experienced trauma
    LA Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A new study suggests that "psychotic disorder" for police and other first responders who face traumatic experiences on the job might not be that unusual. The most interesting thing about this new study out of the Bloomberg School's Department of Mental Health? This kind of disorder is more likely to affect those newer to the badge. More

    Working from home: 9 results of telecommuting
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    None of a range of studies can be applied to the whole American workforce, but when looked at together they tend to show that flexible working arrangements give workers higher job satisfaction and a better sense of work-life balance — and sometimes even increase productivity. Most workers in these studies telecommuted only part of the time and had some choice in how they balanced office face time with getting things done at home. More


     



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