Mental Health and Work: Switzerland

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 Switzerland is the fifth 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 Swiss system is well resourced to address the challenges in various policy fields; that due the involvemnet of a large number of stakeholders much needed policy coordination across different sectors is a difficult task; and that a stronger mental health focus is required in Switzerland's health, social and labour market policies.

Published on January 23, 2014Also available in: German, French

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Acronyms and abbreviations
List of the Swiss cantons
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Mental health and work challenges in Switzerland
Working conditions and sickness management in Switzerland
From payments to interventions: A decade of Swiss disability reforms
Swiss co-operation efforts to tackle long-term unemployment and inactivity
Making more of the potential of the Swiss mental health care system
The capacity of the Swiss education system to manage mental ill health
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