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Mental Health and Work: Denmark

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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 Denmark is the third 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 Danish system has a number of strengths that have yet to be used in a more effective way, but also that quite a few changes are needed in order to raise the labour market particiption of people with mental ill-health.

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Flexicurity, productivity and the Danish work environment

This chapter looks at the role of employers, who are ideally placed to help people in the workforce to deal with mental health problems and retain their jobs. It first describes the impact of negative attitudes towards workers with a mental disorder and the link between working conditions and mental ill-health. It then discusses prevention and early-intervention-at-work strategies to address challenges in the psychosocial work environment. Finally, it looks at employer responsibilities and incentives to tackle sickness absence of the workforce and the involvement of doctors in this process.

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