Posts Tagged Employee Assistance
The opioid epidemic is now called the deadliest drug crisis in American history as each year more people overdose on these prescription painkillers – more than heroin and cocaine combined. In fact, opioid deaths now exceed car crashes as the leading cause of unintentional death.
Three years ago, my good friend took his own life.
I remember that morning like it was yesterday. The feelings of disbelief, sadness, anger, and loss. I also had a feeling of helplessness. As an HR professional, I am very good at helping others to cope with loss, stress and pain, but I had never been in a position to help myself. And for the first time in my career, I did what I recommend countless times per week. I called my company's EAP.
May is Mental Health Month. I have written about this for the past few years and I will continue to write about it.
Employers Grapple with Heroin Epidemic
The month of May has always been my favorite month of the year. I was born and raised in Speedway, Indiana, and if you don't know about this small town, it is famous for the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the lifeblood of the town and community and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Professional counselors, including those working in Human Resource Management, have addressed a myriad of employee issues during the last several decades. Substance abuse and drug addictions have been one of the major challenges faced by professional counselors employed in businesses, educational settings, hospitals, mental health clinics and private practices.