We could not have asked for a more appropriate day to debut our online gallery, The Broken Light Collective. It is a photography group by and for people living with, or close to, mental illness. We invite anyone who has dealt with any level of depression, anxiety, bipolar, autism, BPD, OCD, AD/HD, PTSD, and any other mental illness or condition such as eating disorders or substance abuse, to create and share. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome to submit, from iPhoneographers to professionals.
On this, Self-Injury Awareness Day, we know that there is very little that can help in injurious moments, but have found that during some of the lowest times, focusing elsewhere for even a few minutes, on something like taking photographs, can actually help (in addition to professional help and medication). Please give it a chance. Even one moment of “photograph, don’t harm” can make a huge difference, and we will be happy to share your success photos. It is our challenge to you for March, or if that is too long term, then tonight, and each night individually.
Welcome to the collective. Please only visit if you want to be a part of a loving, warm, and supportive community. No haters please. Looking forward to taking this journey together.
About this photo: “This photograph was taken during a mixed depressed and hypomanic state, with a headache on top. The words on the arms were from a newly discovered old journal, placed in a common injurious place.”