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Mental Health and Work
Mental Health and Work: Denmark
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  25 Feb 2013
Pages: 128 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264188631 , OECD Code: 812013061E1
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 Denmark is the third 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 Danish system has a number of strengths that have yet to be used in a more effective way, but also that quite a few changes are needed in order to raise the labour market particiption of people with mental ill-health.

Table of contents:

Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Chapter 1. Mental health and work challenges in Denmark
Introduction: definitions and objectives
-The outcomes: where Denmark stands
-The context: systems, institutions and governments
Chapter 2. Young Danes and their transition into the labour market
Childhood experiences are critical
-Providing a supportive school environment
-Upper secondary education: improving access, avoiding dropout
-Facilitating the transition into the labour market
-Avoiding permanent inactivity
-Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 3. Flexicurity, productivity and the Danish work environment
Negative attitudes towards co-workers with a mental illness
-The link between working conditions and mental ill-health
-Addressing psychosocial work environment challenges
-Effective sickness management at the workplace
-Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 4. Sickness, unemployment and return to work in Denmark
No identification of jobseekers with mental illness
-Weaknesses in the financial stimulus model
-Matching clients to the right activation strategy and service
-Generous wage subsidies for people with partial work capacity
-Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 5.
Tackling labour market exit in Denmark due to disability benefit
The population claiming disability benefit is changing
-Seeking the best way to assess disability benefit eligibility
-Towards reassessment and benefit outflow
-Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 6. The interface between the health and the employment systems
Identifying and tackling the treatment gap
-Connecting general and specialist health care
-Towards integrated health and employment services
-Conclusions and recommendations

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