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Few jobs for those with mental health problems

Published fredag 25 februari 2011 kl 10.19
Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix.

A Swedish survey of the results of the government's three-year-old, million-US-dollar program to find employment for people with mental health problems in this Nordic nation shows that there are very meagre results and most of the money has not even been used.

Most of the county councils responsible for taking care of these people have not bothered to apply for any funds or come up with any projects.

Statistics show that 70 per cent of the mentally disabled say they have no employment and nothing to do during the day.

Swedish Radio News interviews with some of thhose with mental health problems reveal that many people are eager to return to the labor market and are in despair over what they view as an increasingly hopeless situation.

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