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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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Ensuring educational attainment and school-to-work transition for young people with mental ill-health

Childhood and adolescence are crucial periods for promoting good mental health. Every second mental illness has its onset before the age of 14. Those suffering from mental ill-health are more likely to leave school early with poorer education outcomes and consequently have greater difficulty accessing the labour market. Education systems have a key role to play in identifying and supporting children with mental health issues at an early stage. Policies to prevent early school leaving and enable smooth transitions from school to work are essential if young people’s education outcomes and adult working lives are not to be adversely affected.

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