Sharing a story about trauma or emotional upheaval can be difficult. If you fear that recollecting something will cause unbearable stress, keep it to yourself for now, or write it down on paper and tear it to shreds. The mere act of expressing yourself has proven to produce positive, measurable changes in physical and mental well-being.
If you’re ready to share your story with a network of individuals united by the common belief that mental, physical and emotional pain are important topics to discuss, follow the guidelines below.
We feature true stories of pain and healing, stories that dismantle the shame of living with mental, physical or emotional trauma, and stories of individuals and organizations helping to heal their communities through grassroots efforts. All stories are between 1000-2500 words—too short to encapsulate a lifetime, but long enough to get to the heart of a single experience. Be specific.
We set ourselves apart from other platforms by valuing emotion as much as logic, questions as much as answers, and personal narratives as much as deeply researched scientific studies.
Above all else, we value honesty. Show us the grit, sweat, and rage of mental, physical, or emotional pain as well as its aftermath—be that joy in overcoming, fortitude in fighting against, or resignation in learning to live with the exigencies of pain and trauma in every form. Show us who you are and why you’re telling your story. Be bold in your approach.
Write, first and foremost, for yourself. Shoot photo essays for yourself. Write to heal. Our small team of editors pours over and responds to every submission we receive, and ENDPAIN is currently developing a digital tool that allows users to contribute to and search a global database of narratives that speak to all manners of pain and healing.
But for now—despite how important each story is—we can’t publish everything. Write anyway. Submit below.