Mental Health and Work: Belgium

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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 Belgium is the first 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 Belgium can build on a system with a number of structural strengths that are not yet exploited to the best possible extent.

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Mental health and work challenges in Belgium

Building on the findings in the recently published OECD report Sick on the Job?, this chapter highlights the key challenges in the area of mental health and work and provides an overview of the current labour market performance of people with a mental disorder in Belgium compared to other OECD countries in terms of their employment and unemployment state, as well as their financial situation. The chapter also describes the role of the different government layers and the Belgian benefit system. It ends with a discussion of the advantages and challenges of the prominent role of the unemployment benefit system for people with a mental disorder in Belgium.

English Also available in: French

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