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 Danielle who suffers from both mood and personality disorders that often leave her feeling depressed or panicked. She uses art and photography as a part of her therapeutic process, in addition to therapy and medication.

About this photo: “I dream of a day when I can feel free from the chains of mental illness. When I can let loose and have fun as I see others do. Playing, enjoying, frolicking carefree in the sand. Unfortunately, every time I think I’m getting close and I can see that freedom just ahead, a wave comes, knocking me down and washing those dreams away. 

I took this photo to hold on to that moment of hope. The moment before it gets washed away. And just maybe one day that wave won’t come and knock me back down. Maybe.


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23 responses to “Freedom From Mental Illness”

  1. sustainabilitea Avatar

    Perfect both for the challenge and for what you wish for and work towards.



  2. sureba67 Avatar

    Reblogged this on Journey Of A Nifty Day Trader and commented:
    ### a wave comes, knocking me down and washing those dreams away.

    a wave comes, knocking me down to cleanse me and help me continue afresh with my dreams.

    Great shot. 🙂


  3. K.Z. Avatar



    1. Ade Rahmawati Avatar

      yaaa.. really beautiful pic 🙂


  4. Cassie Avatar

    This is perfect. 🙂


  5. Richard Avatar

    I have the same problem and totally relate to your words and photo. Well done. All the luck in the world in finding that freedom!


  6. drew delaney Avatar

    The photo is lovely and the word is what many of us would like to feel. Freedom from worry, stress, broken hearts, anxiety, panic attacks, cancer, and so on. Hugs, and hope on, my dear one.


  7. dianaed2013 Avatar

    Maybe this message should also be for worn torn areas in the world


  8. alysonbranscum Avatar

    Beautiful photo!!! Beautiful post!!!


  9. Claudette Avatar

    I hope the tide recedes for you, and never washes away your dream of freedom.


  10. Edgar Fotografia Avatar

    We need this in the new Internet laws in Mexico


  11. Joel Avatar

    Where we could all use a bit of permanency and stability, I would like to believe that the shifting sands and fickle tides of life shouldn’t stop us from creating all manner of beautiful things. As you have proven here, in those very moments we have hope and joy, and it is these moments that make life worth living.


  12. lisathidinh Avatar

    you will feel free one day & feel happiness within


  13. galeweithers Avatar

    A beautiful photo even though I find the thought sad. I live in Barbados, an island surrounded by the ocean and never thought of the waves I see as washing away dreams but more as cleansing me from all of life’s dirt. Perspectives are indeed everything; thanks for sharing a different one.


  14. neverclipmywings Avatar

    Nothing better than freedom. Beautiful colors in this pic


  15. elspethc Avatar

    Reblogged this on elspethc and commented:
    Another blog found serendipity rules! Spent a lot of this week working on the NAMI BI Summer program here – our aim to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness… start to see some of the creativity also there…


  16. elspethc Avatar

    I reblogged this – creativity and a beautiful shot to show it. Good wishes to you


  17. asword684 Avatar

    Beautiful picture and message 🙂


  18. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    wonderful photo and I totally relate to those feelings. I remember a few decades back being at DisneyWorld with my husband and young son and he turns to me and says wow in all the years I’ve known ou I think this is the first time I ever saw you have fun.


  19. Roy Avatar

    Beautiful… Reblogging.


  20. luro97 Avatar

    Love the photo and story.


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