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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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Mental health and work challenges in the Netherlands

Building on the findings of the OECD report “Sick on the Job?” this chapter highlights the key challenges that the Netherlands face in the area of mental health and work. It provides an overview of the labour market performance of people with a mental disorder in the Netherlands compared with other OECD countries as well as their dependence on different income replacement benefits. The chapter ends with a discussion of the upcoming policy reforms in the social field which will further devolve government responsibilities to the individual, employers and municipalities.

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