Employment policies and data

Mental Health and Work: Norway

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Published on March 05, 2013


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.


Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Mental health and work challenges in Norway
Reconsidering Norwegian sickness absence policies
Revising disability benefit assessment procedures and eligibility criteria in Norway
Enhancing the effectiveness of Norway's vocationalre habilitation system
Involving mental health care in Norway in employment issues
Following up in the school-to-work transition in Norway
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