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Mobbing At University

Hello, I am based in Australia. I believe I have been the target of mobbing as a mature age student in a university environment. A small part of the bullying transferred to my workplace (I worked in a different department for the same university for a short time), but the bulk of it originated while I was a student studying a mental health discipline, and continues to this day, despite me leaving the university and my job to put some distance between me and the mobbers. Furthermore, it is my belief that the mobbers included mental health professionals, academic lecturers from a mental health discipline, and other university staff.

I have filed a formal complaint with the university, but am waiting to hear the outcome of this. I am trying to seek support from a wider spectrum, from people who hopefully are not part of the mobbers' network. My life has been reduced, I am no longer working or studying, and find it easier to stay home than to go out into situations in which the bullies continue to antagonize me. I feel a huge burden of trauma that I don't know how to deal with.

It is my belief that a lot of the 'professional' help I have received so far (for depression and anxiety, much of which resulted from the bullying) has been undermined and compromised by the bullies, who come from a powerful group. Furthermore, it is my belief that they have spread malicious rumours about me to my friends and family, who have believed these people due to their professional status. I feel that everyone I know is now inevitably thinking about and looking out for any behaviour I exhibit that matches the rumours.

It is all very isolating and I feel quite desperate about how to regain any semblance of my old, pre-mobbed life. Or maybe that is too much to hope for? People will always look at me that way now. I don't know how to find legitimate support in Australia. Any advice gratefully received.


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