• Able-Minded: Return to Work and Accommodations for Workers on Disability Leave for Mental Disorders

      Attridge, Mark; Wallace, Scott, Ph.D. (Human Solutions, 2010-07)
      The 2010 report brings the most current and empirically validated perspectives to this very important issue. Mental health disability is the fastest growing health-related disability in Canada, and has claimed this title for over 20 years. These cases can be complex but typically respond well to appropriate treatment, coordinated stakeholder actions, and employer and organization support. Our hope is that this report will assist employers by illuminating the many advances in this area in recent years, and help organizations to be proactive and/or respond effectively when the need arises.
    • Addiction and Wellness in the Canadian Workplace

      Attridge, Mark (2010-12-02)
      Addiction and Wellness in Canadian Workplaces. Learn the facts about addictions and their prevalence. Hear about models for disability and return-to-work programs, flextime, and policies that help addicts and their supports. Explore practical opportunities in workplaces for prevention through education, work culture change, early identification, treatment and support.
    • The Bar that Wasn't: Journey of a Soul in Long-term Recovery

      Wrich, James T. (Jim W. Publications, 2021)
    • Chestnut's Addiction Archives Offer Most Diverse History Of The Disease

      Cullen, Mary, M.P.A. (WGLT Illinois State University, 2019-05-30)
    • EAP and COVID-19: Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) in the COVID-19 Era: Support for Substance Abuse

      Attridge, Mark; Farley, Thomas; Marion, David; Cycenas, Joel (2020-05-12)
      Video - Presenters: Tom Farley (brother of SNL comedian Chris Farley), David Marion (certified intervention professional and life recovery coach) and Mark Attridge, PhD, MA (research consultant in EAP). Joel Cycenas from Hazelden Betty Ford is our host. We discuss the increased need for professional support for people at-risk for substance abuse or relapse in the current highly stressful COVID-19 era. Family stories and real life case examples are described. The role of employee assistance programs (EAP) is emphasized for one way to get practical support. EAPs are available at no cost to employees and family members as a benefit from most employers. Q&A at the end. Webinar delivered live on May 12, 2020. One hour.
    • EAP and COVID-19: The pandemic makes it clear: It's time to finally address the mental health crisis in America

      Kennedy, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1967-; Gorin, Norm (Business Insider, 2020-06-21)
      The authors of this article, Patrick J. Kennedy, a former U.S. Representative, author, and founder of the Kennedy Forum, and Norm Gorin, the vice president of MindWise Innovations, astutely analyze the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of people in the U.S. They explore the burden of mental illness on the economy and workplaces and conclude with three ways Congress can act to address this issue, through passing and/or enforcing national legislation.
    • EAPA's World EAP Conference 2008 - Earley Keynote

      Earley, Paul H. (2008-10-17)
      In this address, Dr. Paul Earley presents the neurophysiology of an important and often overlooked component of the recovery experience: Addiction Memory. When a patient begins the journey into recovery from an addiction of any kind, effective cravings management is critical for sustaining that recovery. Despite this fact, addiction treatment does not do enough to train addicts and alcoholics how to manage their cravings. Learn about the different sub-types of addiction cravings and new techniques for cravings management. This presentation provides a deeper understanding of how the experience of addiction entrains neural circuits to promote relapse and, most importantly, how to rewire the addicted brain to prevent relapse.
    • Evidence-Based Workplace Mental Health Risk Management: Implications for EAP

      Attridge, Mark (2017-05-10)
      This 2-hour presentation reviews the global research literature to identify the evidence-based best practices that employee assistance providers can use to better manage the behavioral health risks in the workplaces they serve.
    • Hidden Hazards: The Business Response to Addictions in the Workplace

      Attridge, Mark; Wallace, Scott, Ph.D. (Human Solutions, 2009-07)
      The 2009 annual report tackles some of the myths and long-held beliefs about addictions and their impact on workplaces across Canada. We distill the key findings concerning addictions and present these in a manner that can lead to a clear understanding of the issues for HR/Benefits practitioners and other business leaders interested in contributing to building a healthy and safe workplace. In the tradition of previous reports, we review numerous empirical studies with an emphasis on Canadian data when available. We offer this report to our customers and other key stakeholders in an effort to bring the most current and empirically validated perspectives to this very important issue. Our hope is that this report will assist you by summarizing key elements on addictions which may prompt you to take action such as creating or updating a substance use policy, initiating an awareness campaign at all levels of your organization, or providing information about available support services.
    • Mental Health in the Labour Force: A Literature Review and Research GAP Analysis [White Paper & Slides]

      Attridge, Mark; Ricciuti, Joseph; Durant, Gregory; DeBortolli, Karen; Clarkson, Adam; Steacy, Ramona; Ausqui, José (Watson Wyatt Canada ULC, 2007-05)
      Mental health and alcohol abuse disorders are the sleeping giant of health care in modern society. These disorders create immense problems for the individuals with these conditions and for the companies who employ them. There is now a substantial research base that informs this important health challenge. This project was undertaken to synthesize the current research literature from North America in order to take stock of what is known today and to identify gaps in this knowledge. These gaps form the basis for recommendations for future research and for employer action. This project is being advanced by Homewood and the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health on behalf of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Also - findings presnted at the 2nd Canadian Congress on Research and Mental Health and the Workplace, Vancouver, BC, Canada (see SLIDES).
    • Panel on Employee Assistance Program

      Harper, Samuel B.; Bennett, G. Kenneth; Blanchet, Anthony; Knox, A. E. Hertzler; Martin, Robert H., M.D. (Bond Press, Inc., 1977)
      This panel discussion focuses on the need for Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) with a focus on alcohol and drug use and recovery / rehabilitation options for workers. The panel reviews the critical role of the supervisor working with EAPs and the broad problem areas that EAPs help employees and workplaces to address.
    • A Quiet Crisis: The Business Case for Managing Employee Mental Health

      Attridge, Mark (Human Solutions, 2008-07)
      The 2008 report discusses the many issues related to mental illness and its impact on the workforce. It outlines the most common conditions that afflict large populations of employees, the barriers to proper diagnosis, the evidence-based treatment options and what employers can do to address this growing source of lost productivity and human suffering in their organizations.
    • Research Based Practices for Supporting Mental Health Disability

      Attridge, Mark; Wallace, Scott, Ph.D. (2011-10-12)
      This presentation offers evidence-based insights for understanding and managing return to work for employees on mental health disability leave. Two areas are addressed: Part 1. Understanding mental health disability, including facts on the prevalence and the impact of mental health problems in the workplace. A clinical profile of typical mental health disability cases and co-occurring addiction and physical health problems and Why a workplace-focused integrated care approach is more effective than standard approaches driven by medical providers and insurance claim managers. Part 2. Supporting mental health disability and making accommodations for return to work after treatment and preventing relapse.
    • The Results of a Traditional Alcohol Intervention Approach with Alcohol Abusers in a Heavy Industry Setting in Russia

      Burgess, Kenneth M.; Lennox, Richard; Sharar, David A., 1961-; Shtoulman, Alexander (Taylor & Francis, 2015-03-15)
      Motivating alcohol abusers to enter treatment, comply with recommendations, and make significant changes in their behavior is no easy task. In the West, professionals learned the importance of motivation early on, and they learned it first from those recovering in Alcoholics Anonymous. Early occupational alcoholism programs used job performance and disciplinary steps to motivate problem drinkers to take action. The threat of job loss proved significant in breaking through denial and in motivating clients to begin a recovery process. This approach was incorporated into the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and EAP professionals have used job performance and disciplinary steps to motivate those with many types of personal issues. In the Russian Federation, no such history exists. This workplace-based alcohol intervention program is a first for Russia, and it uses the work performance approach successfully deployed in the West for many decades.
    • Sharing Research on Work/Life, Mental Health, and Addictions with Employers

      Attridge, Mark; Plotkin, Judith (2009-10-28)
      This presentation describes the creation of a series of business-style reports that review research literature findings on major aspects of work-life balance, mental health and addiction issues in the Canadian workplace. Major points of the presentation include: 1) What prompted this program of work; 2) Overview of the three business-style reports; 3) Implications for others.
    • Successful Employer Implementation of the Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

      Attridge, Mark (Partnership for Workplace Mental Health/American Psychiatric Association Foundation, 2009-12)
      This brief is designed to help employers with the implementation of the new mental health and substance use disorder parity federal law provisions. The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires employers that offer mental health/addiction coverage to do so at parity to their offering of medical/surgical health care benefits. Review of actuarial and retrospective research studies on parity’s impact on costs. Three key employer action steps for successful implementation. Characteristics of employers with positive parity experiences.
    • Workplace Mental Health: The Quiet Crisis in Canada

      Attridge, Mark; Thompson, Craig, M.Ed., M.B.A. (2008-05-29)
      Highlights from a 30-page report from 2008 written for a business audience that digests key findings and action strategies from over 80 research studies. PROBLEM: Many studies show that mental health and alcohol/drug conditions are common in Canadian society and yet most cases are under-diagnosed and under-treated. Research also shows that workers with untreated mental health conditions are costly to employers. THE SOLUTION: Other research documents that available treatments for mental health are both clinically- and cost-effective. There are proven strategies that employers can use to encourage the proper identification, treatment and prevention of mental health conditions. These strategies occur at three levels: the employee, the workplace, and the organization. THE CHALLENGE: Workplace mental health issues are important to business success and they can be effectively addressed. More employers need to adopt existing strategies and services.