Content warnings (also known as trigger warnings) are warnings about the discussion or mention of topics which may be distressing to some people, particularly without prior warning. They are often helpful for people who experience mental illness and those who have experienced trauma, so they can avoid or have time to emotionally prepare for content which may exacerbate their symptoms.
Warnings should be listed in workshop summaries, but If you’re running a workshop make sure to reiterate these warnings before you begin, and also before any relevant videos/ other media you use in your workshop. If you are doing in person content warnings, make sure you leave some time so people have the opportunity to leave before you continue. For workshops, the sudden stop and accompanying silence following a content warning can make it uncomfortable for anyone who may wish to leave; consider finding something unrelated to the content relevant to your warnings to fill in this time with.
Topics that usually require warnings include: sexual assault, abuse, mental illness, graphic discussion/ images of violence and injuries, homophobia/ transphobia/ racism/ ableism etc and flashing lights (for epileptics).
If you’re unsure about whether you should warn for something, feel free to talk to a committee member about it and they’ll be able to help you.