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Photo taken by first-time contributor Holly Neiweem. She has suffered from clinical depression, and last month, she lost her younger brother to suicide. She strives to ensure that mental health issues are not whispered about; but instead, spoken about openly. She wants people to understand that mental illness is real and those that suffer should be treated with compassion and understanding. She writes about issues including mental health at

About this photo: “This picture, titled Unravel, was taken in Paris at the Arc de Triomphe in 2013.  This is the interior stairway that leads to a spectacular view of the city.  We may not all take the most direct path through life.  And, at times, the climb seems never-ending.  Some, like my brother, may not make it to the top.  But, we carry on in their memory and will eventually reach that breathtaking view together.”   

*This week, the 8th to 14th of September, is Suicide Prevention Week. This is a reminder to keep the suicide dialogue open. If you or someone you know are at risk for suicide, don’t isolate and seek assistance immediately. Contact your doctor, therapist, or a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention hotline, such as 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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26 comments on “Unravel

  1. moodphototeija
    September 11, 2013

    Holly ❤ And I am with you on that, I hope people would talk openly about mental health issues, they are not something to be shamed about or whispered about. That is real to so many people.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sam Spencer
    September 11, 2013

    Thanks so much, Holly, for your beautiful picture &comments . .


  3. lemanshots
    September 11, 2013

    Auf Deinem Blog finde ich immer gute und interessante Bilder! Vielen Dank dafür! 🙂

    Folgst Du mir schon auf Das würde mich freuen….


  4. Escaping Elegance
    September 11, 2013

    Holly, I’m so sorry for your loss and pain. I love that this is a spiral up… rather than a spiral down. I’ve been caught in the down spiral too often!


  5. savemefrombpd
    September 11, 2013

    I’m awfully sorry for your loss. There are no words, as I can imagine, as to what I can say. Just know that my thoughts are with you and your family.

    I wish you the best.


  6. Roberto Cabral
    September 11, 2013

    Very nice!


  7. Ilusión
    September 12, 2013
  8. maureenjenner
    September 12, 2013

    Talking, whether face to face, on the phone, or in writing, is the best way to deal with this scourge. I found that the physical act of writing down the words of and about what i was feeling made me feel better. It was many years ago, but I remember that pit of despair. Your swirl of an upward spiral is more prophetic than you can imagine. Follow it…


  9. Judy
    September 12, 2013

    Very cool composition!


  10. Paula McLane Jennings
    September 13, 2013

    Your photo is awesome! I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. Depression is an issue in our family as well and with it being on both sides I worry about my children. It is surely a serious issue – one that needs to be out in the open and talked about.


  11. onthetear
    September 16, 2013

    It is very hard to put “Like” below the post like this, because the topic is really serious and makes me feel very sad. However, my “Like” is appreciation of the work you did. I totally agree that people with any kind of health problems should be able to find proper treatment and mental health is no exception. If somebody suffers from anything, there should be the way to help!
    Awesome photo! Keep up the great work!


  12. youcantmakelemonade
    September 18, 2013
  13. Dottaraphels
    September 18, 2013

    Upward swirl is the word, truly prophetic as someone already stated. I’m so sorry for your loss and bless you on your efforts to bring this issue to the forefront.
    This is a human problem because regardless of who is going through pain,it eventually affects all of us.


  14. Tavia Ladd
    October 4, 2013

    Reblogged this on Tavia's Beadiful Life.


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