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Table of Contents
  • EACC announces change in CEAP® eligibility requirements
  • Study: Employee stress an issue for 98 percent of employers
  • Mental Health Discrimination Bill shifts attitudes toward mental illness in UK
  • Panel: Not enough data to support universal suicide screening
  • New research re: happiness and productivity in the workplace
  • Researchers testing drugs that can lift depression in hours
  • Study shows depressive thinking can be contagious
  • Sadness can lead to deepening debt
  • Moms more likely than others to leave male-dominated jobs with long hours

  • EACC announces change in CEAP® eligibility requirements
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Effective July 1, completion of a new "CEAP candidate initial training" (CCIT) course will replace CEAP "advisement" as an eligibility requirement for all new CEAP candidates. The new three-hour online CCIT course will be available to all registered CEAP candidates at no charge on EAPA's website.
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    Study: Employee stress an issue for 98 percent of employers
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    Employers are making stress management their top priority over the next two years, with almost all (98 percent) believing that stress was an issue for their workforce, research from Towers Watson reveals. The consultant's latest Health, Wellbeing and Productivity survey also showed that, of those employers able to measure well-being, 86 percent thought that excessive workload and/or long hours were the most significant causes of stress.
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    Mental Health Discrimination Bill shifts attitudes toward mental illness in UK
    The Huffington Post
    The success of the Mental Health Discrimination Bill is part of an important shift in attitudes towards mental illness in the U.K.: that people who've had mental health problems shouldn't be barred from taking on responsibilities. The bill has been an important step forward in getting the issue of mental health onto the workplace table.
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    Panel: Not enough data to support suicide screening
    Reuters
    There is not enough evidence to recommend universal screening to find people at risk of suicide, according to a government-backed panel. As it did in 2004, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued draft guidelines recently that conclude "there is not enough evidence to make a definitive recommendation for or against screening."
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    New research re: happiness and productivity in the workplace
    TIME
    One theory has it that the most deeply fulfilled workers are those facing the most daunting challenges. Another holds that the formula for contentment is being surrounded by colleagues that pick up your slack. For insights regarding happiness and performance in the workplace, we can check out some recent research.
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    Researchers testing drugs that can lift depression in hours
    The Wall Street Journal
    Researchers and several pharmaceutical companies are testing medications that early studies are showing can lift mood in just a few days or even within a couple of hours. "You can control seizures and control hypertension within minutes and hours," says Carlos A. Zarate, chief of the experimental therapeutics and pathophysiology branch in the intramural research program at the National Institute of Mental Health and a leading researcher in the search for new antidepressant medications. "That is what we should aim for [with depression]," he says.
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    Study shows depressive thinking can be contagious
    TIME
    We don't think of emotional states as passing from one person to another, but a new study suggests some depressive thoughts can go viral. Researchers studying a group of college students found that certain types of depressive thinking can spread from close-living roommates like a lingering flu.
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    Sadness can lead to deepening debt
    Fox Business
    A new study suggests that sad people make poorer financial decisions compared to their happier counterparts. The reason, according to Jennifer Lerner of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and colleagues Ye Li and Elke Weber of Columbia University who published their study in the Psychological Science journal last year, is that sad people exhibit what's known as "present bias," meaning they tend to value the present over the future, choosing immediate gratification and ignoring the greater gains associated with waiting.
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    Moms more likely than others to leave male-dominated jobs with long hours
    HealthCanal
    As demands for long work hours continue to increase, an Indiana University study found that mothers are more likely than other employees to leave these jobs in male-dominated fields. This trend was not seen in balanced or female-dominated occupations.
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