Locked Up or Let Free?

Photo taken by first-time contributor Janine Kain from Scotland. She struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, Anxiety and OCD. She feels that photography gives her the opportunity to explore and express herself in a world where there is no reality – only perception.

About this photo: “The Chain photograph represents my journey of coming to terms with mental illness. Initially I considered the chain to represent being imprisoned in a world of illness, misconception, stigma, confusion and suspicion. The chain represented my sense of isolation and my efforts to keep others away by being locked up in my world, inside my head.

Now I am trying to view the chain as a chain of links of support from family, friends and my mental health team. The chain is strong, solid and resolute in its support.


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