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Mental Health and Work: United Kingdom

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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 United Kingdom is the sixth 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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The new role of the health sector in the United Kingdom

How can it support work and well-being?

This chapter looks at the role of the (mental) health system which has a growing responsibility in supporting return to work of those who are out of work due to mental ill-health. It first assesses the effectiveness of the mental health care system in providing adequate treatment to persons with mental disorders. Particular attention is given to new initiatives put in place to increase psychological therapies to individuals’ with mild and moderate disorders. It then reviews the role and challenges of GPs in providing treatment and managing sickness absence and work-related matters. Finally, it looks at various innovative and promising new policies integrating employment with health outcomes.

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