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Mental Health and Work
Mental Health and Work: Norway
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  05 Mar 2013
Pages: 124 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264178984 , OECD Code: 812013081E1
Price:   €16 | $23 | £14 | ¥2100 | MXN300
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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.

Table of contents:

Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Chapter 1. Mental health and work challenges in Norway
-Introduction: definitions and objectives
-High mental health-related social inequalities in Norway
-Organisational characteristics of the systems involved
Chapter 2. Reconsidering Norwegian sickness absence policies
-The trap of high and prolonged sickness absence
-A new responsibility and funding architecture for sick leave
-New criteria for sickness benefit eligibility and non-eligibility
-Summary and conclusions
Chapter 3. Revising disability benefit assessment procedures and eligibility criteria in Norway -Disability benefit as a frequent one-way road
-Applying existing disability benefit regulations as intended
-Revising the disability assessment process
-Changing the character of disability benefits
-Matching responsibility and funding structures for disability benefit
-Introducing reassessments of disability beneficiaries
-Summary and conclusions
Chapter 4. Enhancing the effectiveness of Norway's vocational rehabilitation system
-The current focus of vocational rehabilitation
-Reconsidering the direction of vocational rehabilitation
-Making the most of a strong rehabilitation structure
-Summary and conclusions
Chapter 5. Involving mental health care in Norway in employment issues
-Shortcomings of the mental health care system
-Integrating mental health and employment services
-Summary and conclusions
Chapter 6. Following up in the school-to-work transition in Norway
-Discontinued education multiplies the problems
-Better school-to-work transition for youth with mental ill-health
-Summary and conclusions
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