Our Community Guidelines

Brave Expressions is a community devoted to sharing and expressing mental health experiences openly and authentically. We believe that everyone’s story matters, and that each person should have a brave, respectful, open, and compassionate space to do so. To keep our community a healing space for all, we have a set of guidelines for you to follow when submitting a story.

If you submit a story that does not follow our community guidelines, we will ask you to modfiy your submission so it meets our guidelines. To protect our community, we will not publish any story that violates our guidelines.

Take Suicide & Self-Injury Seriously

We understand that people may be struggling with forms of self-injury, like cutting or an eating disorder, and we hope to provide a space for people to express their experiences. To protect our community, any story that encourages, urges, or provides instructions for others to embrace self-injury will not be published.

Content that depicts graphic self-injury or eating disorder imagery will not be published, nor will serious self-injury threats. We will not publish content that negatively targets survivors or victims of suicide or self-injury.

If you, or someone you know may be suicidal, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Respect Community Members

At Brave Expressions we want to foster a compassionate, diverse, and supportive community. We will not publish content that attacks anyone based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disabilities, or diseases.

Always follow the law. Serious threats of harm to the public, or oneself, will not be published.

Share with Integrity

We have a diverse audience of viewers, and want to be respectful towards different backgrounds.  Photographs that depicts nudity (genitals, sexual intercourse, fully-nude buttocks) will not be published.

We encourage creative expression through a wide range of mediums. Abstracted imagery, or photos that  show nudity in paintings or sculptures is allowed.

Submit authentic content that you have the right to share. Do not submit content that you have collected or copied from the internet (unless you have the rights to use it). If you want imagery to include in your submission, look for work that is open-source or royalty-free.