Who we are & why we are

Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo by nuttymom-me: Recently I have come to a crossroads in my life, I am 37 years old and have put off taking care of my mental health for years. A month ago I had a breakdown and spent several days in the hospital. I was diagnosed with Severe Depression, Anxiety and OCD. I have trichotillomania as well. I have struggled with that since I was 13. I had a very difficult childhood and have denied myself the “mourning” of it for a long time. The parallels of my mental health and parenting have become a blur as I teter between the way I am a mother and the way I was mothered.  
About this photo: I have a four-year old daughter and she is the main reason I had to seek help for my illnesses. She is my light and my hope. The photo I am submitting is her as she represents all that is good in my life. She is my shining star.
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6 responses to “My Light and Hope”

  1. Maggie L R Avatar

    There is hope. You have a beautiful shining star in your life. Sometimes the memories of a difficult childhood affects our behaviour and mind. I know that struggle. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God is good, there is healing.


  2. Travel Spirit Avatar

    I also had a very difficult childhood and many challenges during my adult life. What helps me is exercise, having friends, hobbies, having gratitude for what I have, and prayer! Sending peace, love, healing, joy, happiness and love to you!


  3. Mitch Elder Avatar

    This is a truly wonderful photograph. I’ve been trying to take a photograph like this my entire life. Congratulations!


  4. coville123 Avatar

    Beautiful little girl,keep fighting!


  5. Wendy Boutell Avatar

    I too had a dark childhood and have a daily struggle with PTSD, severe anxiety, depression, and panic attacks but I recently had an epiphany – I’m accepting the past and I feel free and alive more than ever before! Your daughter is SO beautiful, you can make the world a beautiful place for her. *hugs*


  6. melanielynngriffin Avatar

    Thank you for sharing. I, too, suffer from Trich. Here’s a post I did on my story:


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