Photo taken by first-time contributor GeeCee19, a 49-year-old from Tralee, Ireland. He was diagnosed with manic depression at 18 and has fought a serious battle with it since, along with social anxiety and addictions. He has been clean from substance abuse for about 15 years, but enough damage was done that some 10 years later he had to quit his job as a carpenter. After a year out, he decided to go back to college to pursue a degree in Applied Social Studies, and as a result he has gained great experience in the care sector. Pen Relief is a writing project he recently set up. It is a compilation of writing by himself and others about going through difficult times. He hopes to print either a book or journals of them as a kind of self help intervention.
About this photo: “This photograph is of my garden which was an overgrown weed filled area when I got it some 8 years ago. Due to physical limitations it has been hard work but this is one of my finest photos of it. This garden is in the middle of a housing estate in Tralee, yet those who enter it feel like they are in the countryside. I write my journals in this garden, which also contributes to my mental well being.”