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Mental Health and Work: Netherlands

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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 the Netherlands is the seventh 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.

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Employment support in the Netherlands for people out of work

This chapter looks at the ability of the Dutch public employment service and the municipalities to deal with the high prevalence of mental illness among their clients. It looks successively at the main issues for the key client groups – unemployed people, sickness and disability beneficiaries and social assistance beneficiaries – with a particular focus on the activation support provided to clients with mental ill-health. The chapter also addresses the implications of the major reforms that are being implemented in the Netherlands: the continued shift of responsibilities over sickness management onto employers and the increasing role for municipalities in activating clients with the strongest labour market disadvantages.

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