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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 Luis Rosado, a man from Staten Island, NY who has been suffering from anxiety and depression for over 30 years. After struggling with an alcohol problem for over two decade, Luis is celebrating over four years of sobriety. Photography has always been a wonderful outlet for him to capture and hold on to the brighter moments in his life.

About this photo: “A couple of days ago, I was released from a psychiatric hospital after an almost complete mental breakdown. I recently lost a job of 15 years and last month my unemployment ran out. Everything seemed to be spiraling out of control. I finally put my trust in my wife and doctor and voluntarily entered an adult inpatient facility. One of my few joys, given the situation, was looking at a tree just outside of my window. It was changing for the Spring. I took it as my mantra.” 


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13 responses to “Things Can Change”

  1. nokindofmagic Avatar

    Colours are just perfect here! Dear Author, this is a magnificent art, thank you.

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    1. luro97 Avatar

      Thank you for the kind words.


  2. shoe1000 Avatar

    Congratulations dear friend for your sobriety. It is monumental for us to attain let alone continue with any length of substantial sobriety.

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  3. Susan Thompson Avatar
    Susan Thompson

    This is an exquisite image and a great capture! Thank you for sharing this and I send you the energy for healing, energy that is so abundant in this image.

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  4. Joel Avatar

    Both a wonderful picture and metaphor for what you are going through and all that you hope to achieve, Luis. Keep the faith.


    1. luro97 Avatar

      Thank you so much.


  5. luro97 Avatar

    This incident has given me a profound respect for the patients and clinicians in any mental health facility. Talking to the other patients I found them all intelligent, caring & alive. They just want to live, laugh & love. I am now trying to get some volunteer work at the hospital. I want to give back to all the people who got me through this.

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  6. baseth Avatar

    very nice!

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  7. god[isms] Avatar

    wonderful 🙂

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  9. rory byrne (@rb_mcr) Avatar

    Great post, good luck to you, from Manchester UK.

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  10. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Hi Luis- I, too, just recently spent some time in a psychiatric ward for severe depression and I am also a recovering alcoholic- hang in there & my thoughts & prayers go out to you . . great picture! . .


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