Launch of OECD report on mental health and work in the UK – London, Monday 10 February 2014


04/02/2014 - One in five people of working age in the developed world is currently suffering from a mental disorder. Most of them are in work and many more want to work. Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is an issue that has been neglected for too long, despite creating very high and increasing costs to people and society at large.


The OECD will launch a report, Mental Health and Work: The United Kingdom, on Monday 10 February 2014. It includes analysis and recommendations on issues such as the role of the workplace, the institutions providing employment services for jobseekers, the transition into permanent disability and the capacity of the health system.


Mark Pearson, OECD Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, will present the report’s findings at a press conference at 11.15 AM at The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, SW1H 0AD. Participants will include Norman Lamb, MP, Minister of State for Care and Support; Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform; and Dame Carol Black, Newham College Cambridge.


Journalists are also welcome to attend a seminar to discuss the report starting at 08.45 AM at the same venue.


To register, contact Anna Kharbanda, media officer at The Work Foundation,, or call 020 7976 3646.


For a copy of the report, please contact Spencer Wilson of the OECD’s Media Division.


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