Risk factors associated with the development or exacerbation of mental health issues in the workplace often fall within three categories. These are:
1. The content of work, such as the activities workers perform.
2. The context, such as the conditions under which performance occurs
3. Organisational culture - the pattern of assumptions that develop within an organisation that become the overall norm.
Additional stressors on site can also significantly impact mental health. Accidents, near misses, unexpected redundancies and bankruptcies all can add a layer of stress that impacts individuals differently. Where possible considered planning should seek to minimise these stressors impacts via deliberate communication and support.