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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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Mental health and work: The case for a stronger policy response

Mental health is costly for individuals concerned, for employers, for the labour market, for the social protection system and for the economy as a whole. This is explained by the high prevalence of mental ill-health, the early onset of mental illness that affects education and the labour market transition, high levels of under-treatment and unmet health care needs, and significant stigma associated with mental ill-health especially in the workplace.

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