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Sep 30, 2021
How trauma memes are helping people process pain

With the stigma associated with discussing mental health on the decline, Gen Zers are finding a creative and emotional release in ‘trauma memes’. Viewing these videos and photos can be a reassuring experience for young internet users, but revealing dark secrets online is nothing to take lightly.

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A ‘trauma meme’ may sound oxymoronic in concept. After all, memes are meant to be funny, light, and adhere to a replicable formula. Trauma, on the other hand, is anything but funny and almost always highly individualistic – linked to specific, painful, and personal experiences like those of sexual or physical assault, abuse, abandonment, or poor mental health. And yet trauma memes flourish online, mixing darkness and humour to compelling effect.