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 taken by Jamie from Portland, Oregon, who was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and social anxiety when she was 15-years-old. Photography has helped her find a universal way to communicate with others when she finds it hard to express herself vocally to people. It has also given her the courage to seize opportunities that she normally wouldn’t want to. She feels most comfortable behind a camera and it helps relieve the debilitating fear accompanied with being in social situations. Photography has helped her be pro-active about anxiety and has been a great self-esteem booster as well.

About this photo: “This photograph was taken while I was out walking around the downtown area of Portland. I attempt to see things that are less noticed unless you look for them. I found this help button on the side of a building and it stood out to me. It’d be awesome to have a help button! To just push it when we just need something or someone to help us get through whatever circumstances we’re in.”

Yes! Wouldn’t it be amazing in times of need, especially mental health related? Wow.


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3 responses to “Help Button”

  1. sarahjunebug Avatar

    This reminds me of the Staples “Easy Button”… Remember the commercials? “Now that was easy!”
    I bought one in High School and enjoyed pushing it when I’d accomplished something. But the problem with the Easy Button is that it invalidates the struggle. Mental Health issues are NOT easy. “Help!” is much more appropriate.
    Nice find! Noticing things we see every day, and looking at them through different eyes, is something I appreciate and try to practice as well.


  2. anngrafics Avatar

    I thought the very same – the Staples button! I think I would frame this and hang it on the wall in my house. A reminder that help is real, just like anxiety and depression are real, yet there is hope!


  3. joannagilmanhyde Avatar

    I see the red HELP button as another form of MY RED STAR.


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