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BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 11 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1478

People with mental illness need more help to get back to work: Mental health problems cost the United Kingdom around £70bn (€84bn; $115bn) a year, roughly 4.5% of gross domestic product, in lost productivity at work, benefit payments, and healthcare costs, says a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.1 Up to 370 000 UK people move onto disability benefit each year, the highest proportion in the developed world, and 40% of claims are due to mental illness. Better …

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