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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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From workplace stress prevention to employer incentives and support for workers with mental health problems

Employers are ideally placed to help their employees deal with mental health problems and retain their jobs. Workers who suffer from mental ill-health take sick leave more frequently and are absent for longer than those who are mentally healthy. At the same time they also report reduced productivity at work more often. Stress prevention in the workplace is both a necessary and effective means of tackling existing mental health issues. However, the pervasiveness of mental health stigma complicates the solution of work problems that are related to mental health problems. If managers are to be able to identify mental health problems, they need adequate training and support.

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