Who we are & why we are

Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo taken by contributor nomaggsrush, a woman currently living near Reading UK, however, she shall soon be “going nomadic” in retirement. She has had unipolar depression since her late teens, possibly due to a gene and a personality disordered mother. Unfortunately due to a couple of events (not due to her mother) she also has had PTSD for 18 years. She has spent her working life as a dual registered general and mental health nurse. She has a particularly warped sense of humour, like most nurses she has encountered – her first date with her late husband (a fireman) was spent trying to top each other’s gory experiences. He won.

About this photo: “’Window on the World’ is how I see the world when depressed. Detached and darkly ominous. Taken at the Big Pit, a mining museum in the Welsh valleys. I really enjoyed the visit, it was only when looking for an image that visually describes how my life is sometimes that I realised how apt this is.


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6 responses to “Window on the World”

  1. Sam Spencer Avatar

    Great story & pic, thanks!


  2. vastlycurious.com Avatar

    I wish her only the best!


  3. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    I can relate to that feeling you show in the photo!


  4. Steve Lakey Avatar

    It’s amazing how much can be conveyed with a single photo: the contrast between earth and sky, and the suggestion that everyday life is just out of reach.


  5. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Walled in, with a narrow view. That is what I had experienced for a long time. Hoping for better times now, too. My mom is a retired RN. I find she has a unique take on things as I do.


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