Photo taken by first-time contributor Melissa, a 16-year-old girl from Ohio. She has been suffering from depression and anxiety disorders since the age of 10, and PTSD since the age of 13. She self-harmed to the point of feeling addicted for 4 years. Photography has become her main outlet for when she cannot escape her feelings or urges to self-harm. As of late, she has become a source of strength for some of her friends who are also suffering from different mental disorders. She hopes to inspire others to embrace their mental health issues and accept who they are in spite of what they think makes them less than ordinary.
About this photo: “Rain has always been viewed as a source of sadness. I see it as beauty, as a way to wash away the past and the imperfections. It’s a melancholy happiness, getting lost in the rain.”
Find more from Melissa at her blog.