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Mental Health and Work: Norway

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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 Norway is the fourth 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 Norway faces a unique situation whereby a generous welfare system stimulates large-scale labour market exclusion and significant socio-economic inequalities of people with a mental disorder, and hindering better outcomes of its employment and vocational rehabilitation programmes.

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Following up in the school-to-work transition in Norway

This chapter provides data about mental disorder prevalence, disability beneficiary caseloads and non-completion of upper secondary education in youth. It shows some diagnosis-related trends in the incidence of disability benefits in youth and discusses the balance between universal prevention measures on the one hand and targeted individual interventions at school on the other. Recommendations focus on possible ways to secure the transition from school to work and on the collaboration between the pedagogical school services and the mental health care system.

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