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Mental Health and Work: Austria

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Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is becoming a key issue for labour market and social policies in OECD countries. OECD governments increasingly recognise that policy has a major role to play in keeping people with mental ill-health in employment or bringing those outside of the labour market back to it, and in preventing mental illness. This report on Austria is the eighth in a series of reports looking at how the broader education, health, social and labour market policy challenges identified in Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work (OECD, 2012) are being tackled in a number of OECD countries. It concludes that the Austrian system provides good opportunities in principle for improving labour market inclusion of people with mental ill-health but that structural fragmentation of responsibilities limits the means of the federal government to develop coherent health and work policies. Successful structural reform requires including a range of actors responsible for policy implementation to achieve coordination across institutions and better integrated service delivery.

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Improving the job prospects of vulnerable young people in the Austrian education system

This chapter assesses the capacity of the Austrian education system to support vulnerable children and young people with mental health disorders both in school and in the transition to the labour market. It focuses particularly on the availability of support measures for schoolchildren who suffer from mental ill-health and for their teachers and parents. It also considers to what extent the support provision has been professionalised and examines in detail recent coaching efforts to help students and apprentices stay in education or training. The success of the different support arrangements is critical in view of the relatively young age at which many young Austrians leave education.

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