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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.

Please welcome a first-time contributor from Missouri in her early thirties who has suffered in silence from severe, recurrent major depression for over ten years. She was able to live a mostly successful life (from an outside perspective) until recently when her once-infrequent migraines became chronic and caused her depression to worsen, forcing her to go on disability. She is often isolated now and struggles to find hope, but she is trying to improve and starting to get the courage to tell her story through writing and photography.

About this photo: “This photo was taken in an abandoned mansion in Missouri this year and is titled ‘Sky Break.’ I took this photo on the spur of the moment and only later realized what it represented to me. As I walked through a dark, decrepit mansion, I looked up through the broken boards and saw a bit of sky. Depression often leads me to hide away and only wish for the bright life I see outside. With my migraines, too, I want to stay in the darkness, but I realize this only promotes the cycle of isolation. I hope to break through the ‘boards’ soon and reach a better place, even for just a while.


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2 responses to “Breaking Through”

  1. The Crazy Crone Avatar

    I used to suffer from migraines and they really hit hard, making you feel frustrated at what seems a waste of a day or days. I wish you well, it’s a lovely photograph and I hope you enjoy your new dance with creativity as your guiding light. Take care.


  2. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    the photo is really interesting and I can so totally relate to the migraine and depression issues as I struggle with both and anxiety also. I would love to stay in the quiet darkness when I am in that terrible pain too.


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