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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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Mental health and work challenges in Denmark

This chapter discusses the current labour market performance of people with a mental disorder in Denmark compared to other countries in terms of their employment and unemployment situation, with a view on sickness absence and reduced productivity of those working. Building on the findings in the 2011 OECD report “Sick on the Job?” it highlights the key challenges ahead, such as the high share of people on different social benefits who suffer from a mental health condition. The chapter also provides a description of the Danish benefit system and Danish employment policy and discusses the role of different levels of government.

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