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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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The capacity of the Swiss education system to manage mental ill health

This chapter assesses the capacity of the Swiss education system to provide support to vulnerable children and youth with a mental disorder during their school careers and transitions into the labour market. It first examines the effectiveness of the support measures and services available for students with a mental disorder and their teachers and parents. The chapter then discusses the school-to-work transition and addresses the problem of early labour market exit. It concludes by reviewing policies directed at the early identification of problems of mental ill health among school leavers and young adults.

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