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.

Please say hello to first-time contributor Roshni Ravi, a 24-year-old mental health professional based in Bangalore, India. She is interested in the exploration of existential ideas of hopehappiness, meaning, presence and being in therapeutic practice. Roshni also lives with a diagnosis of clinical depression. She finds negotiating her roles as both a mental health service provider and user an empowering and challenging experience. Her photographic work reflects her idiosyncratic attraction towards birds, the rain and bright colours. When she is not obsessing about life’s eternal quest for meaning, she enjoys baking, dancing and watching wildlife.

About this photo: “I looked up and I saw that irresistible sight. That bright spark on an early morning. The blue sky and the little ball of fire. So tiny. So beautiful. So infectious. Beckoning me to look, again and again and again. Unforgettable. 

Photo Location- A scarlet minivet, captured at BRT tiger reserve, Karnataka.”


NEWS ALERT: We got our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS today! That makes it our “birthday” as a full non-profit! Help us celebrate our birthday by offering a gift to our online campaign to help get us get up and running! No amount too small 🙂

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7 responses to “Scarlet Fever”

  1. Karen Avatar

    Thanks for this lovely photograph, this moment with this red, red bird. I too am a clinician who has had major depression– and a life full of questions.


    1. roshni Avatar

      thank you, Karen for your support 🙂


  2. Manasvi Muthukrishnan Avatar
    Manasvi Muthukrishnan

    An enchanting picture, to say the least. Good job, Photographer.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. luro97 Avatar

    A warm welcome and a wonderful first posting. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. bluebrightly Avatar

    A gorgeous image, and it’s gratifying to hear this – “She finds negotiating her roles as both a mental health service provider and user an empowering and challenging experience.” I’m impressed!


  5. roshni Avatar

    Thank you, for your support. It hasn’t/isn’t always empowering.

    Sometimes, it is actually quite frustrating, experiencing the hierarchy between the user and the provider. Being on both sides makes one acutely aware of these differences and power plays.
    There is no dearth of people trying to put you down, saying you are biased and unqualified and don’t know how to negotiate your boundaries. A few years of ‘professional experience’ and fancy degrees appears to accord people the ability and confidence to crush others’ opinions without hesitation!


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