What can I do to support others?

Although you may not be experiencing bullying directly, you might have witnessed it at work or be concerned about a colleague. There are steps you can take to support others and to report inappropriate behaviour.

Speak out if you witness bullying

Speaking out is hard. You may want to avoid causing conflict within your team but it can actually improve the workplace for everyone. The BFI’s guidance on bullying prevention stresses that ‘doing nothing makes you complicit’ and urges witnesses to report it.

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Resources for witnesses

BFI in partnership with BAFTA

This guidance for the prevention of bullying, harassment and racism, gives examples of how to tackle inappropriate behaviour as a witness

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The Film and TV Charity

Spot gives you the option to be a responsible colleague. Even if it’s not happening to you, you can use Spot to make a record and document what’s happened

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Business in the Community

This guide summarises 5 memorable actions for witnesses of racism and inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. Includes how to provide support, and prevent it happening in the future

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The co-founder of Spot's TED Talk is an inspiring watch, covering the fears witnesses face and how to mobilise them to be a good ally

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If you’re concerned about others

You may know someone who could be struggling. It’s important to take it seriously and know how to support them in seeking help.

Resources to help you support others


This resource from our partner Mind gives line managers guidance on how to have a conversation with someone about their mental health

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The Samaritans also offer advice on how to support someone who is struggling, covering a range of potential problems including self-harm

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Zero Suicide Alliance

If you are concerned that someone might be suicidal, these resources give you a better understanding of the signs to look out for and the skills required to approach someone who is struggling

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Are there any resources out there that we’ve missed? Or any information that would be useful to you that we can share in the future? Get in touch [email protected]