Photo taken by contributor Teija, a 35-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back together. She found love after getting out of hospital. Half a year ago, her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed on Christmas Eve morning. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last four years. Before her partner’s accident, she had made up her mind and quit her day job to pursue being a photographer. Now she is drifting, taking care of her man, and hoping that the day will come that she can start doing photography professionally.
About this photo: “For me, life is an emotional roller coaster, sometimes up and then down… and it keeps going, in the morning you can feel happy and in the evening could be quite different.
I call this photograph ‘Reach For Me.’ The photo means really that to me, that I feel that people do not see the inner me all the time, sometimes at all, and I want sometimes so bad that somebody would reach out for me.”