Fit Mind, Fit Job

From Evidence to Practice in Mental Health and Work

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The costs of mental ill-health for individuals, employers and society at large are enormous. Mental illness is responsible for a very significant loss of potential labour supply, high rates of unemployment, and a high incidence of sickness absence and reduced productivity at work. Following an introductory report (Sick on the Job: Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work) and nine country reports, this final synthesis report summarizes the findings from the participating countries and makes the case for a stronger policy response.

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Creating employment-oriented mental health care systems

People with mental ill-health need timely, adequate treatment in order to prevent a deterioration of their situation. Under-treatment is a persistent problem, since only about 50% of people with severe mental illness and about 30% of the people with moderate mental health conditions receive treatment. Moreover, targeting the right form and intensity of treatment at the right people remains a challenge in many OECD countries. Fostering the labour market participation of people who suffer from poor mental health requires policy action. Co-ordination between the health and employment sectors is crucial to that end.

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