Hey Lifeline, take bullying seriously!

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Matt Justask
2 years ago
I experienced bullying while being a customer of Lifeline. They have the poorest acting supervisors.

Like i've never known any other business that treats people so badly.

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Janine Beckinsale
2 years ago
Because our most vulnerable people need our support and the whole community support as well

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Lyn Stannard Stannard
2 years ago
There are so many bullies in high profile jobs, who think all below them are worthless, which means fighting for your rights are impossible, I signed the Petition because, the ones, (us) that cop all the shit treatment, need to stick together to make change, as much as I want to commit suicide, and get it right this time, and end the pain im going through, this gives me a reason to go on and fight when im not doing it alone.

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Lyn Stannard Stannard
2 years ago
Im in the same boat with my employer, and there insurance company, I swear they want me to have another go at Suicide and get it right, so the problem is solved.

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Suzanne Fisher
2 years ago
Bullying in human service organisations needs to stop. Human services are here to help the community but stories like this lady’s are sadly not unique. These organisations that are here to help the most vulnerable within the community often treat the workers within them as robots, offer little emotional/psychological support despite frequent exposure to trauma associated with the job and worst still frequently engage intense campaigns of bullying against any worker who shows any human vulnerability, questions unethical organisational practices or demands to be treated with some human decency and respect while performing their role. I write this as a person with over a decade in the field of human services. I can’t help but wonder Why so many workers burn out and so many suddenly end up with mental health issues? Most quietly just leave and suffer silently but this brave lady is sharing her story- but it should never get to this point! Yes the work is difficult, but more often than not it is the excessive pressure put on workers by middle managers, pervasive and toxic bullying cultures (driven and maintained by management) and zero psychological support provided that ultimately cause workers to hit breaking point. No one should be driven to suicidal thoughts by workplace issues. Nobody should feel unsafe at work- physically or psychologically. Too many are and questions need to be asked across this entire industry! More workers need to speak up. It’s about time all human services organisations, not just lifeline as this problem isn’t really unique to them, reflect critically about how they treat their own workers as sub human and the health of those workers as expendable in the quest for reaching kpi’s and business targets. Stop exploiting the natural inclination people drawn into helping professions have to prioritise others over themselves and show basic care and humanity for the people working for your organisation. They are human too and deserve safe and supportive workplaces as much as any other worker in any other industry, but especially given the vulnerability of the people they work with and their frequeant exposure to traumatic events and information.

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leisa Ford
2 years ago
I'm signing because we need to speak out against WORKPLACE BULLYING. not just in Lifeline Australia.
I worked in a different NFP for years and was the victim of insidious workplace bullying. I was discriminated against from day one. I had a role that could never meet the stats...way too large for one person. I burnt out. I did not have the support of my manager who did not have the needed life experience and knowledge to be in a management position. I can see that we as both Australian and International citizens need to stand up against this SCOURGE which is perpetuated by secrecy, and fear of job loss in a climate of job uncertainty, short term contracts, increased difficulty in securing government funding where we are viewed as disposable.
We are caring educated people that go into these difficult positions to assist/advocate for others who are vulnerable. Yet we are treated dreadfully by the very ones/organisations that preach Equity Access,Participation, non Discrimination, Social Inclusion and Mentally Healthy Workplaces !! Total joke.
We need the support from and the backing of the law to now step up and take this epidemic seriously because people are taking their own lives. Yes we are losing our colleagues to SUICIDE ....those who can no longer cope with this FORM OF VIOLENCE on a daily basis. This horrific scourge is across all Human Services...public and private it makes no difference...we need to come together speak out and get action. Please add your voice.

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Barbara Shaw
2 years ago
I believe each woman should be able to choose what’s right for her.

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Kayson Dippusl
3 years ago
I'm signing this because I was in a similar situation. I called a lifeline when I was in dire need of someone to talk to about what was going on in my life and no one answered, it was quite funny but I was in so much distress that I ended up breaking down.

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Barbara Landsaw
3 years ago
I know how Bullying effects your work and what you do to help others. Never enough.

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Alison Jane Gibbons
3 years ago
Angela, I watched your video, read your attachments, & tbh...I’m appalled. Your shabby, cruel treatment is shocking. It’s heartening to see how you’ve stood up for yourself and others in such an articulate manner. However, I can’t help but think that, for your own wellbeing, it’s time to walk away. I was hesitant and reluctant to put this thought into words, but I believe you’ve suffered enough because of this, and your own health is more important than this crusade. Whatever road you take, I wish you well.