What should I write about?

Tell us about a time where you experienced trauma (infidelity, abuse, grief, harassment) and how it has impacted your relationships.

  • How did you meet this person and how was the dynamic of the relationship in the beginning?
  • How did this experience help you grow and what did you learn?
  • What advice would you provide for someone going through a similar experience?
  • Did you lose anything?
  • How did you overcome this?
  • What are 3 things that you would tell someone dating this person?
  • What would you tell that person today?

How can I be sure my submission will be confidential?

We do not require your personal information and only post the experience/poem that is submitted.

Why was my comment deleted?

Any judgmental or disrespectful comments will be removed immediately. Comments should be supportive and respectful. Trolling will not be tolerated.

Where is my submission?

All submissions will be approved within several hours.

What happened to my image?

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The views and opinions shared through these stories are opinions of the writers themselves. Images used may not be the property of The Hurt Help Heal Initiative and all credit goes to the respective owners. Please be advised that some of these stories may stir up some unpleasant feelings and memories because of our own traumatic experiences or as a result of vicarious/secondary trauma.

“Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Long-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea”. Vicarious trauma occurs when we have a negative emotional response while helping those who have experienced trauma, or simply by hearing about an individual’s traumatic experience(s); we take on their pain.