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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.

Photo taken by contributor Danielle while in Massachusetts. She’s a woman in her thirties who has had many diagnoses over the years, including major depressive disorder and bipolar II.

About this photo: I’m having one of those tough days when I feel like I have no voice and no control over my life or treatment. I’m trying not to give up on the people and doctors I have entrusted with my care, but I feel like I’m alone, inside a boarded-up old mental hospital building like this one, screaming for help, but no one can hear my cries.” 


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6 responses to “Neglected”

  1. drew delaney Avatar

    Try to tell the negative thoughts to SHUT UP!


  2. 2812 photography Avatar
    2812 photography

    The image is very fitting.


  3. Susan Thompson Avatar
    Susan Thompson

    Sadness, fear, invisibility. The photo captures it all and there is something scary in it too. Haunted is the word that comes to me. When I have a day like the one you describe, I utilize every took in my toolkit until one, just one brings me a sense of relief. I hope you have something that gentles you into a different view. Thank you for sharing.


  4. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Thanks, I have been in a similar place of hopelessness over the past few days- mine turned into anger yesterday, that is, from anxiety, depression, & frustration to anger. Maybe that’s good if I can direct that energy in a positive way because anger has the potential to make change(s)! Keep sharing because that will help . . . my prayers & positive vibes are going up & out for you & to you! . . .


  5. eLPy Avatar

    You’ve used your voice in expressing yourself through this photo, and through this people all over the world have heard you.

    The photo is interesting. The vines look like some ominous thing climbing up trying to overwhelm the building, so fitting for how you feel like you’re being overtaken. I’ve used writing to help me express my anxiety at times and it has been effective. Perhaps your photography/art helps you express yourself and dispel those feelings. I know people here appreciate your sharing.

    Best to you,


  6. Lexy Denman Avatar

    This is a really powerful image. It invokes those feelings of loneliness and despair perfectly, while at the same time its very existence and presence on this blog reveals that we’re not alone in the world, or in feeling this way – thanks for sharing this wonderful photograph.


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