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.


Young Danes and their transition into the labour market

This chapter assesses the capacity of the Danish system to help vulnerable youth with common mental disorders enter the labour market. It first discusses strategies to prevent mental health problems in schools and the effectiveness of school services in dealing with mental disorders. Then the chapter reviews policies directed at identifying problems among early school leavers who are at a greater risk of developing a mental disorder. It also examines the effectiveness of employment programmes to boost labour demand for vulnerable youth and addresses the problem of early labour market exit through disability benefit.


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