Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is 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 health problems in employment and helping them to perform at work, in bringing those outside of the labour market into it or back to it, and in preventing mental illness at all ages including youth and adolescence.
Recommendation of the OECD Council
The OECD has developed a set of policy guidelines for an integrated approach to address the impact of mental health problems on health, education, employment and social outcomes. These guidelines were adopted in December 2015 and published in January 2016 as the OECD Recommendation of the Council on Integrated Mental Health, Skills and Work Policy.
Time to act on mental health
The costs of poor mental health are high: the total cost of mental illness is estimated at around 3.5% of GDP. People with mild to moderate mental illness, such as anxiety or depression, are twice as likely to be unemployed. They also run a much higher risk of living in poverty and social marginalisation. The facts are clear: it’s time to act.
Key publication on mental health and work
COUNTRY REPORTS ON Mental Health and work
This series of reports is 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 are being tackled in a number of OECD countries.
Nine countries reports are published:
data on mental health and work
related publications on Mental health and work
Further reading: Sickness, disability and work
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