A topic that has been brought to attention on multiple social platforms is if placing trigger warnings on things is necessary or not. When I read the social discussions I always find it is very black and white. Yes they are needed, no they are pointless. But I'm the gray area, and I see both sides of the story. Kind of.
Trigger warnings on posts are considered to be sheltering, but sometimes people genuinely do need them. It can be emotionally straining to see things on the internet that make you flashback, or want to relapse to a bad behavior. Not everyone has a complete handle on the demons they wrestle with and there isn't anything wrong with that.
The gray area comes in if a post is titled "Why I Love My Self Harm Addiction", a person who doesn't want to be triggered obviously wouldn't read that - in that case a trigger warning would be pointless. If someone is reading a persons story on the internet though, and explicitly talks about the destructive behaviors they engaged in, a trigger warning is useful. You never know who is going to be reading your life story when it's on the internet, and what they struggle with.
An author isn't able to accommodate for everyone, as people are triggered by different things. There are pretty standard things that a trigger warning belong on though. The few that come directly to my mind are:
Some people aren't at a point in their recovery where they can see and handle those kinds of things without relapse, and its unrealistic to expect them to just stay off the internet.
Telling mentally ill people that they should stay off of the internet until they can handle it is not only offensive, but isolates them more than they already feel they are.
The fact of the matter is that it takes 2 seconds to slap 'trigger warning' or even 'tw' - an abbreviation for trigger warning - on a post, but once a person relapses because of words you say it could take them months to choose to recover again.