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Mental Health and Work: Switzerland

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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 Switzerland is the fifth 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 the Swiss system is well resourced to address the challenges in various policy fields; that due the involvemnet of a large number of stakeholders much needed policy coordination across different sectors is a difficult task; and that a stronger mental health focus is required in Switzerland's health, social and labour market policies.

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Mental health and work challenges in Switzerland

Building on the findings in the recently published OECD report “Sick on the Job?” this chapter highlights the key challenges facing Switzerland in the area of mental health and work. It provides an overview of the current labour market performance of people with a mental disorder in Switzerland compared to other OECD countries, as well as their financial situation. The chapter also describes the Swiss social protection system which provides the context in which mental health and work policies operate.

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