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 Hannah, a 20-year-old woman from Vermont. After struggling with depression for several years, Hannah attempted to end her life at the age of seventeen. She is now using her story to encourage others to speak up about mental health.

About this photo: “I took this shot from inside of a jail cell in South Africa. I don’t need to explain the symbolism here, we all know what it’s like to be trapped inside our minds.

Find more from Hannah at her blog.


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14 responses to “Trapped Inside Our Minds”

  1. Kitt O'Malley Avatar

    Stunning and powerful.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Greg Mercer, MSN Avatar

    Thanks for your important work. I commented in more detail on her site.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ronmitchelladventure Avatar

    Trapped by our thoughts…


  4. Cheryl Avatar

    It’s a fabulous image.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. sustainabilitea Avatar

    Hannah, this is the perfect photographic metaphor for what you’ve experience. I pray that door is opening and stays open for you.


    Liked by 2 people

  6. imaginarytree Avatar

    A courageous statement photographically and personally. Thank you for your forage to speak out.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. imaginarytree Avatar

    For your courage to speak out!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Maya Avatar

    A very, very powerful post Hannah. I hope that light reaches you.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. cheating_with_death Avatar

    Love this picture.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. jimholroyd365 Avatar

    powerful and scary image

    Liked by 1 person

  11. themanofletters Avatar

    Reblogged this on The Man of Letters and commented:
    Great image.


  12. autisticaplanet Avatar

    I have been there..the claustrophobia is evident and so is seeing the possibilities on the outside, the light, but figuring how to get out. Following God is half the battle. Good therapy and sometimes medication is more of it, and finally comes living it.


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