Support Network List:
- Friends and family members: Reach out to trusted friends and family members who can provide emotional support and encouragement. They can also be a sounding board for you to talk about your experiences and help you to process your feelings.
- Professional therapist or counselor: Consider seeking the help of a professional therapist or counselor who can provide guidance and support in dealing with the emotional and psychological effects of bullying. They can also help you develop coping strategies and provide a safe space for you to talk about your experiences. Tips: You can find a therapist or counselor by searching online directories, asking your insurance provider or Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for recommendations, or contacting professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association or the National Board for Certified Counselors. Make sure to check the therapist’s qualifications and experience before making an appointment.
- Employee assistance program (EAP): Many workplaces offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which can provide free and confidential counseling and support services. Tips: Check with your employer to see if your company offers an EAP, and find out what services are available. Make sure to check the confidentiality agreement and how the EAP works.
- Trade union representative: If you are a member of a trade union, consider reaching out to your union representative for support and advice on how to deal with bullying in the workplace.
- Legal assistance: If you feel that the bullying constitutes harassment or discrimination, it’s important to seek legal advice. Legal aid or pro-bono legal service may be able to help. Tips: Look for legal aid organizations in your area or check online directories of pro-bono legal services. Make sure to check the qualifications and experience of the lawyer you choose.
- Support groups: Look for online or in-person support groups where individuals who have experienced workplace bullying can connect and share their experiences and support each other. Tips: Search online for support groups in your area or related to workplace bullying. You can also reach out to organizations such as the Workplace Bullying Institute or the National Bullying Prevention Center for resources and support. Make sure to check the confidentiality agreement and how the group works.
- Employee Advocacy group: Some companies have employee advocacy groups that can provide support, guidance and, in some cases, legal representation. Tips: Check with your employer to see if your company has an employee advocacy group and find out what services are available. Make sure to check the confidentiality agreement and how the group works.
Support networks differ from person to person, so it’s important to find the resources that work best for you and your situation. Additionally, it’s important to remember that seeking help and support is a sign of strength, not weakness, and to prioritize self-care and engage in activities that make you feel good.
We hope that the resources provided in this list are helpful in dealing with workplace bullying. If you have any additional resources or support groups that you think would be beneficial for others, please let us know so we can add them to the list. We appreciate your feedback and support in creating a safe and respectful workplace for all.