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 Heather, a 27-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with bipolar type II and major depressive disorder. She sometimes has psychotic episodes and/or panic attacks when going through a depressive cycle. During those time, OCD tendencies are also common. She enjoys blogging about her adventures as an entrepreneur who struggles with this disorder, and it seems to help. This last year has been pretty tough, but she is confident that things are looking up.

About this photo: “Currently, I am going through a depressive cycle, and the last few weeks have been some of the hardest I have gone through in years. It seems I constantly have a look of pain on my face, or a fake smile. In this picture, I am showing my raw vulnerability. Totally exposed.” 

Find more from Heather at her website.


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5 responses to “Washing Away Pain”

  1. Hank shaw Avatar
    Hank shaw

    This is a terrific image. Hang in there and keep shooting

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  2. magicallymad Avatar

    Strikes me as a very brave submission. Thankfully your cycle will taper off, in the meantime, best wishes.


  3. ravedaripper Avatar

    how do I submit? I definitely want to be apart of your mission.


  4. karizma1604 Avatar

    Beautiful image. What a courageous woman!


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