Workplaces can affect mental health – either positively or negatively
While being employed is generally better for our mental health than unemployment, some factors at work can have a negative effect on our health and wellbeing.
‘Job stress’, or work-related stress, occurs when someone feels that the demands of their role are greater than their abilities or resources to do the work. While stress isn't the same thing as anxiety or depression, excessive or long-term stress can increase your risk of developing a mental health condition.
The majority of job roles and working environments have stressors or risk factors for mental health. Employers have a legal responsibility to reduce these risks so far as is 'reasonably practicable' for their workplace. This measure is different for every workplace and situation, taking into account factors such as the likelihood of risk, degree of harm, and the availability, suitability and cost of any solutions.