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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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Working conditions and sickness management in the Netherlands

This chapter looks at the role of the workplace, which provides an ideal setting for interventions to help people in the workforce deal with mental health problems and retain their jobs. It first describes the link between working conditions and mental ill-health, reduced productivity and sick leave. Then the chapter discusses prevention policies to address psychosocial risks at work as well as sickness management strategies of Dutch companies. The chapter ends with a review of the central role of employers and occupational physicians in case of sickness absence.

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