The right to work in practice – from stigma and segregation to human rights and integration


Mission Mental Health, SALAR and Mental Health Europe

About the host/co-host

Mission Mental Health – agreement between the sw. government and The Swedish Associations of Municipalities and Local Authorities and Regions within the long term action plan for mental health in Sweden. Mental Health Europe is a European non-governmental network organisation committed to the promotion of positive mental health, the prevention of mental distress, the improvement of care, advocacy for social inclusion and the protection of the rights for (ex)users of mental health services, people with psychosocial disabilities, their families and carers.


Stockholm, Sweden (may change)

Theme of this match

In accordance with international human rights obligations, every person has the right to work on an equal basis. Unfortunately, we are still lagging behind on achieving this right for many people, including persons with mental ill health due to societal barriers, including stigma and prejudices. Ensuring that stigma and discrimination do not limit people with mental ill health from access to the labour market will contribute to making our societies fairer, healthier and more inclusive. Despite this, including persons with disabilities in the employment market was long seen as a social project. This has resulted in segregated models of work that often focused on disability and limitations rather than abilities and competence although providing appropriate employment support to allow for integration in the open labour market is an investment. The aim of this match is to discuss what a human rights-based approach to work and employment looks like for people with mental ill health. What is required to create an inclusive labour market? What support is needed for staff responsible for recruitment processes and human resources? What expectations can be put on front line managers?

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More information about our work in this field

In 2017, Mental Health Europe prepared a short animation video on the right to work, as well as a toolkit. The animation video is available here: The toolkit is available here:

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