Photo taken by contributor Meg, a recovered alcoholic who has discovered not only how glorious life can be, but that everyone can have access to such joy. She has found purpose in supporting people in, not only living lives they love, but in designing the very lives they want to be living. She is a... Continue Reading →

Lucid Dreaming

  Photos taken by contributor Hayley, a photography and new media student who has suffered from anorexia and anxiety. Her passions include adventure, traveling, music, art, and the outdoors. About these photos: "This body of work 'Fairytales' is about how one can look normal from the outside but the sense of self is determined from the inside.... Continue Reading →

Tangled Together

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a 36-year-old photographer and self-portrait artist from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very... Continue Reading →

Blooming After Loss

Photo taken by contributor Heather Hamilton, a 25-year-old woman from Utah. She suffers from major depression, OCD, as well as ADHD. She was officially diagnosed three years ago, but knew long before that she was depressed. She has been going though a 'down' time recently, and it seems she finds sadness in everything right now. She's particularly sad about... Continue Reading →

Lady and the Lake

Photos taken by contributor Stephanie from Knoxville, Tennessee. She has struggled with depression and anxiety since childhood, as well as PTSD. About these photos: "There were many emotions going through my mind while working on this series, and I think these photos convey those emotions quite well.  I'm not great with putting my feeling into words so... Continue Reading →

A Mother’s Touch

Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman with severe depression and anxiety attacks. About this photo: "This is a shot I took of my mother and my daughter at the beach together. Grandmother and granddaughter, hand in hand. So much of the time I feel like a terrible mother and daughter because of my illness.... Continue Reading →

Repairing the Wounds

Photo taken by first-time contributor Andy, an English amateur photographer, aged 45, as well as an amateur writer of short stories, and artist using mixed media. He is fascinated by dereliction in architecture and abandonment. He has been in counseling for over two years, slowly repairing the wounds of childhood, and the relentless oppression of homophobia. Andy... Continue Reading →


Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman who experiences severe depressive episodes. She loves photography, animals, and traveling when she is up to it. About this photo: "I love giraffes. Their graceful form, their beautiful fur patterns, their knowing eyes. I was lucky enough recently to be eye to eye with one, and to feed... Continue Reading →

Into the Light; India

Photo taken by first-time contributor Amy, a 30-year-old woman originally from Australia, currently living in Canada. She spent her teenage years and early twenties battling depression and anxiety. These periods of darkness were intertwined with critical and damaging thoughts of herself. She created a very real barrier between herself and others. A lack of confidence and... Continue Reading →

The Simple Things

Photos taken by first-time contributor Max, an addict with 3.5 years of sobriety, who currently works at a treatment center in Houston, Texas. He is also an avid surfer. After taking a photography class, he felt that this was what he needed to be doing, and so he is currently pursuing a BFA in Photography/Digital Media. About these photos:... Continue Reading →

Do Not Remove Pins From Body [Butterfly Variation]

Photo taken by first-time contributor John Luke Chapman a 46-year-old photographic artist who lives by the sea in Brighton, UK. He suffers from clinical depression which, despite going undiagnosed for many many years, has been a life-long condition. About a decade ago, severe agoraphobia appeared as a new and unwelcome twist which forced him into an almost total re-invention. A cocktail of pills... Continue Reading →


Photo taken by first-time contributor Brandon, an 18 year-old who has suffered from depression and severe anxiety for as long as he can remember. He is a self harm survivor as well. His anxiety hit its peak when he was in 11th grade. He was at school and ended up fainting on the steps. After that, he... Continue Reading →

Unexpected Beauty

Photo taken by first-time contributor John Nooney, a 47-year-old gay man from a suburb of Denver, Colorado, who has been HIV+ since 1989. John has dealt with mental illness for most of his life, including chronic depression and severe anxiety attacks. His first bout of depression occurred when he was 14, though it wasn't until he was 22... Continue Reading →

Rising From the Ashes

Photo taken by contributor Jan Austin Smith, a 27-year-old man living in Northern California. Jan has been around people with mental health issues his whole life, including his mother, a psychiatrist, who has depression, and his closest aunt, who is bipolar. Jan has also suffered from depression and anxiety himself, which has been hugely exacerbated... Continue Reading →

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