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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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Mental health and work challenges in Norway

This chapter refers to the key findings of the recently published OECD report Sick on the Job? and summarises the characteristics of people with mental health problems which contribute to the special challenges in job retention and labour market re-integration for this group. The high mental health-related employment inequalities in Norway are discussed and compared with those in other countries. The chapter also provides a description of some organisational characteristics of the systems involved.

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