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 Liz Gilbert, a 28-year-old graphic arts student who resides in North Canton, Ohio. 15 years ago, Liz was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. This is a mix of bipolar and schizophrenia. She easily becomes paranoid, and has struggled with severe depression and a long battle with self harm. Even though she is balanced with medication, she still has those days where nothing seems to go right. More than anything, Liz wants to bring awareness to the unseen mental illnesses that exist in the minds of millions.

About these photos: “I have always had a love for typography. One day I was able to go to a printing press and granted the ability to print a few posters with whatever ran through my mind. A song was in my head that day and some of the background lyrics were “We are no one, we are one.” It rings true to schizophrenic symptoms. Voices, delusions and things of that nature may be invisible but they are real. I really want to raise awareness of the battles we as mentally ill deal with..”

Find more from Liz at her website.


We need to raise $5k in August to help more people with mental illness! Please help!

**Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here. Currently accepting submissions.

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3 responses to “We Are No One, We Are One”

  1. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Thank you for explaining about Schizoaffective Disorder. I was given that dx due to a lack of paying attention & lack of common sense by my then psychiatrist. I am an autistic adult with a vivid imagination (contrary to stereotype). There is a feeling of isolation that I can identify with. I am never alone, because I have the Lord. I do find loneliness & isolation within as well as without the autism community, but I am learning to focus more on what The Creator has to say about me, that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made”, than what people alone have to say.

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    1. Liz Gilbert Avatar

      I really appreciate your comment. We are indeed “Fearfully and wonderfully made.”


  2. quantumphysica Avatar

    I’m diagnosed with schizophrenia myself, and those words just capture the feeling. We are one, we are no one. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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