Risks for Poor Mental Health

Mental health and wellness is a spectrum. Although some people may have a genetic pre-disposition to mental illness, anyone can become mentally unwell – regardless of age, social background, ethnicity, gender or intelligence level.

Certain psychosocial factors can reduce a person's capacity to cope with work or study-related stress and can increase the likelihood for developing various types of mental illness. These can include:

Psychosocial risks

  • Chronic physical or mental health disorder
  • Bereavement or trauma
  • Relationship conflict
  • Poor social support
  • Long term unemployment
  • Prolonged exposure to stress
  • Problematic patterns of drug & alcohol use
  • Psychological factors (low self-esteem; perfectionism)
  • Family history of mental health issues
  • Financial stressors

It is important to recognise that regardless of contributing factors people cannot 'snap out' of a mental health problem, including stress, depression and anxiety – and they may need to access professional assistance.