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I definitely need to be reminded of this. I’m doing work as a content moderator and these past few days have been very rough in regards to graphic/disturbing content. The point of the job is to keep people safe on the platform, which I’m happy to do, but seeing a bunch of back-to-back gore and shocking images really got to me this time. I tend to have a hard time reaching out for help because I don’t want to seem like a burden, or made to feel like what I go through isn’t significant because there are people who are going through worse. Thank you for sharing.
@rachelchristine097 hey friend, you are NOT a burden at all for reaching out and asking for help, ever! There is no comparison or any different levels in people’s struggles, and no one is more worthy of help than anyone else. Please do reach out for help if you need it, especially with seeing disturbing images to keep others safe. You’re worthy of getting help and support.
@kayleighhh._xo Thank you, I appreciate that.
Oh friend, my heart goes out to you. My personal experience in terms of content moderation is very small compared to you, but I will never forget the disturbing images and messages I have seen over time. I’m also how aware how incredibly hard this work is on some well-known platforms, and how much it is left unseen. The work you are doing is so important and most people may not be aware of it, but really thank you for what you’ve been doing. I hear you on the matter of not wanting to be a burden to others, but you will never be a burden for struggling. You are a human being and you have legitimate needs, emotions that need to be addressed and processed. You are in a role of caregiving – even indirectly – and that alone can be very exhausting. You are exposed to content that also has potential to be traumatic. From the bottom of my heart, I want to encourage you to never give up on sharing how you feel and reaching out. It is your right to do so, and it is, in itself, a beautiful act of care to yourself. You matter. Your needs matter. If you ever need a safe space to vent and share what’s on your heart, the Heartsupport anonymous forum will always be there, and you will only be met with love and care. You are not alone. <3
That must be difficult, although it is great that you are keeping other people safe. But sometimes it is also important to take a steop back and take care of your own well-being. Try to give your mind some rest and distract yourself from those pictures. You are not a burden, and it does not matter whether other people have it worse, because it is not a competition. Everybody who is struggling deserves attention and help. Stay strong! <:LegoLove:387371584857571328>
when we start to compare our struggles it can be a huge silencer. I’ve felt those sentiments that whatever I’m feeling and going through isn’t enough for others to need to hear. You are never a burden for the things that affect you. Seeing triggering images can create a huge stressor. Your feelings are valid! It’s okay to voice when you need to take a break for yourself and for your mental health