Content warnings DO NOT mean topics are completely off-limits.
Many of us are driven toward activism as a form of trauma mastery – to reclaim control over situations that continue to harm and disregulate us.
Warnings give us an opportunity to assess whether we’re too stressed to handle a certain topic, or have the energy to engage in a brave-space conversation. Giving each other a chance to consent, to delay, or to nope out of potentially retraumatizing situations.
Include a heads-up before talking about the following topics so we can brace ourselves:
- > Before disclosing our own traumatic experiences
- > Blood & guts, including details about medical procedures & needles
- > Childhood food neglect, food insecurity & famine
From a member:
“I think if folks begin to share a lot about their own trauma/abuse/child abuse/etc., a trigger warning would be nice.”
“I find that these spaces are often time for folks to be heard & listened to, which, of course means that the more comfortable folks are, the more that we hear about ALL THE THINGS!”
“Because of living with OCD and my super visual mind, this can be super triggering for me. When I’m providing peer support sessions, I’m aware it’s part of the job, so it’s helpful to know what’s coming :)”