First Aid & Recovery

Being a whistleblower can be painful for you, your friends, and your family.  Taking the ethical high road and fighting for justice can leave you and those around you battered and bruised. It is often an unfortunate reality. Some advice options:
--Seek counsel from your trusted mentor
--Maintain your spiritual wellness (e.g., clergy, music, nature)
--Seek counsel from a licensed therapist/psychologist
--Keep your life going (don't make the case the focus of your life)
--Reach out to an executive coach to design a recovery plan
--Report retaliation (don't just accept it)
--Don't let whistleblowing break you; reflect on why you did it and the values that are important to you.
--Be aware that you might not be satisfied with the investigative outcome.  Also, there might not be an appeal process (depending on the agency).  --Reflect on your purpose for blowing the whistle and consider seeking compensation for damages if you were harmed by the confirmed misconduct. 
--In some jurisdictions you can claim a reward for being a whistleblower in a confirmed case of misconduct.