“Trauma dumping, unlike venting, is usually unsolicited where a person “dumps” their traumatic feelings, thoughts, and experiences onto another person who may not be prepared for it.”
If you’re struggling, it’s okay to share your feelings. But please seek support from the people or professionals in your life who are equipped and able to provide support. Remember many are dealing with personal issues themselves and may not be in a healthy place to help or may simply not have the emotional space to hold for others.
If you feel you don’t have anyone, you can reach out to 988. I’ve had the professional ability to work alongside and on 988 projects. This national service is for those who need someone to listen, no matter what the issue may be.
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) offers 24/7 call, text and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, mental health crisis, or ANY kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need support.
Need a way to start the conversation?
“I’m struggling right now with __ and just need to talk to someone — can we chat?”
Learn more about “trauma dumping”: