Support Groups


 On the Day of the Soma Mine Disaster


Duty of Care

Do I have a Duty of Care with regards to other Workers?

Teachers of children have a legal Duty of Care which requires that they act in the place of parents (in loco parentis).  Instructors of adults have a somewhat different legal relationship, but still owe a Duty of Care to students because of their position. 

The same principle applies in the workplace.  There is a different legal relationship, but there is a Duty of Care that those in leadership positions become responsible for.

The amount of time spent on dealing with the concerns of life beyond the workplace is generally relatively small.  The value of the time spent on these concerns in terms of benefit to the Worker can be very large.

A few kind words and some guidance with dealing with a personal problem can help a Worker to maintain the quality and quantity of their output on the job.  If assistance is not provided productivity and quality will eventually decline, and the Worker may leave the employment relationship (quit or be fired).

The rewards for providing assistance when it is needed can include fierce loyalty and devoted efforts to cooperate with you and satisfy your every request.  There is no better ally in your endeavours than those you have helped in their time of greatest need.

How hard would it be to say a few kind words and provide a little guidance? 

Below are links to resources that you may find useful for sharing with those who have a need for assistance. 


Mutual Aid & Support Groups

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Al-Anon / Alateen

Alcoholics Anonymous

Canadian Mental Health Association

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (A-Z Index)

Chronic Pain Association of Canada  

Clutterers Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous

Co-Dependants Anonymous

Compassionate Friends

Creating and Facilitating Peer Support Groups

Criminals and Gangmembers Anonymous

Debtors Anonymous

Depressed Anonymous

Drinking and Driving

Drug Interactions  

Dual Recovery Anonymous

Emotions Anonymous

Families Anonymous

Family Violence in Canada (Statistics)

Fatigue and Sleep Management (DAS/HUM)

Gamblers Anonymous

Genetic Support Groups


Hepatitis C Anonymous

HIV Anonymous

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada

Life Ring

Marijauna Anonymous

Methadone Alliance

Mold Help

Mood Disorders

Narcotics Anonymous


National Sleep Foundation (US)

Nicotine Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous

Parents Anonymous

Physician Induced Illness

PubMed (Biomedical Research)

Rare Diseases

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Rehab Programs in Canada

Self Mutilators Anonymous

Sex Addicts Anonymous

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Spirituality and the Workplace

Stress Research Institute

Suicide Anonymous

Suicide Prevention

Survivors of Incest Anonymous

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

Turtle Island Native Network

Victim Assistance

White Coat, Black Art

Without Conscience     

Work – Life Conflict

World Health Organization (A – Z Topics)


The chronic stress survival guide: how to live with the anxiety and grief you can’t escape

The Greatest of Marlys (Lynda Barry) …  Excellent for introducing young people to conversations about stress, hurts, relationships, and craziness.

Loosening the Grip:  A Handbook of Alcohol Information (Jean Kinney)   …   Most of what is in this book applies to addiction and social dynamics in general.  This has been in print for many years, so good used copies are available at much lower prices.

I’m Not Crazy, I’m Just Not You  (Pearman & Albritton)   …   The Real Meaning of the 16 Personality Types.  Applies to everyone.

Secret Diary of a Mental Health Worker  (Anonymous)   …   It’s Day Three of National Mental Health Week, and we’re feeling a little stressed with the insane amount of activities that have been planned.  However, by popping a few uppers we can work enough hours to get it all done.  We might have to skip a few social activities, but we can book off a Sick Day on Monday to recover with a handful of downers.  That should keep everyone happy.


This Be The Verse (Phillip Larkin)

Working Class Hero (John Lennon)