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Mental Health and Work
Mental Health and Work: Belgium
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  11 Feb 2013
Pages: 120 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264187535 , OECD Code: 812013051P1
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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 Belgium is the first 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 Belgium can build on a system with a number of structural strengths that are not yet exploited to the best possible extent.

Table of contents:

Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Chapter 1. Mental health and work challenges in Belgium
-Key trends and outcomes
-Description of the social protection system in Belgium
Chapter 2. The Belgian education system
-Strong focus on special education
-Comprehensive services in the school environment
-Interesting initiatives to prevent school drop-out
-A difficult transition from school to work
-Conclusion and recommendations
Chapter 3. Employers and the working environment in Belgium
-The relation between working conditions and mental ill-health
-Mental ill-health is an important determinant for sick leave
-Productivity losses through mental ill-health are large
-The labour legislation gives explicit instructions
-The practical implementation of the law remains deficient
-Conclusion and recommendations
Chapter 4. Belgiumís sickness and disability benefit system
-There is no focus on sickness management or return to work
-Smooth transition from sickness to disability benefits
-Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 5. The disability allowance system in Belgium
-Means-tested disability allowances
-There is no activation of disability allowance beneficiaries
-Disability allowances are a trap for young adults
-Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 6. Belgiumís public employment services
-Awareness of mental health problems among the unemployed has risen
-Intensive assistance for people with mental disorders
-Participation is frequent, but outflow to work is low
-A new programme for people with severe mental disorders
-Outreach to social assistance and disability benefit recipients
-Conclusion and recommendations
Chapter 7. The mental health system in Belgium
-A major re-organisation of the mental health sector
-Identifying and tackling the treatment gap
-The referral to specialist care is problematic
-Conclusion and recommendations
Annex A. Trends in expenditure on disability and sickness in Belgium


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