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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 first-time contributor Antalia Terblanche, a 19-year-old who lives in Bexleyheath, London, and suffers from depression. Antalia used to self-harm and struggle with bulimia. She sought treatment two years ago, after her teachers noticed her grades slipping and her absence at school. She had been experiencing suicidal dreams leading to suicidal thoughts, and panic attacks at the thought of going to school. The counseling, in addition to support from her family, and the few friends that understood her illness, helped immensely. It was a hard struggle. She sometimes feels empty and numb, but her medication and positive mindset help melt the darkness away. She is in a happy place with her life now; studying at university with great family support behind her.  She carries on looking positively.

About this photo: “Photo was taken in Tanzania, Mpwapwa Village.  I went to visit Tanzania for a couple of weeks with my sixth form in 2012 to help teach HIV-ridden orphans painting, the English alphabet and group games.  It was a spectacular experience and I met some truly incredible people.  I was the group photographer out there and shot some lovely photos of the children, the adults and the scenery; I chose this photo to submit in particular because I love the happiness in her eyes.  Through her poverty-stricken life, her loss of family and limited opportunities, this little girl’s smile shone.  I was privileged to meet these people and hopefully next year, I will have the honour to visit them once again.”

Find more from Antalia at her website.


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9 responses to “Smile In Tanzania”

  1. bigbird34 Avatar

    It’s beautiful that this child can smile through her ordeals but shows how selfish we are when we get upset just because we can’t have the latest technical gadget. Lesson learned!


  2. phoenix42013 Avatar

    What a beautiful story and smile this young female has. I feel inspired and empowered to focus on my mental illness.


  3. Oshin Singal Avatar
    Oshin Singal

    This is amazing!


  4. Karen Avatar

    Thanks you– beautiful.


  5. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Great recovery story- keep on truckin’, Antalia! . . .


  6. mishunderstood Avatar

    So much light and hope captured in this shot. 🙂


  7. luro97 Avatar

    Incredibly uplifting story. Thank you for the post.


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