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Mental Health and Work: Denmark

  • Published: February 2013
  • Region: Denmark
  • 128 Pages
  • OECD Publishing

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.

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
-References

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
-References

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
-References

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
-References

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
-References

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
-References

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