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 Cheerios, a man who was diagnosed with Bipolar and Paranoid Schizophrenia at the age of 41. Cheerios works and does his best to function at a level that he considers to be normal.

About this photo: “I took this photo last night. What it reminds me of is how one feels, distant and alone, forever orbiting those who are not ill because they can not truly relate to you.

Only someone who is mentally Ill understands the phases of the illness as night turns to day and day turns to night. We have value and we exist, but we have to orbit at a distance as we are different, unique and special.

As seasons come and go we are hoping one day to connect with those around us.

As the moon dreams so do we.”


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9 responses to “How Mental Illness Feels”

  1. deadcatcomesback Avatar

    Reblogged this on dead cat comes back and commented:
    Spot on, I thought, how the artist describes the “phases of the illness”.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Rambling Rose Avatar

    Am sorry about the different orbits.

    Was watching a YouTube yesterday on victims of acid attacks in India … they too feel alienated from the world around them.

    So many orbits when it should be one world .. one kingdom of love. Let us work and pray for this.

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  3. Frank Avatar

    Cheerios what a contrasting and beautiful picture.you captured!


  4. Robin Dawn Hudechek Avatar

    Beautiful and deeply moving.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. luciledegodoy Avatar

    Touching and beautiful. I think that these words serve anyone who feel let out in any circumstance.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. arlene Avatar

    “As the moon dreams so do we.” Beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Karina Churchill Avatar
    Karina Churchill

    Reblogged this on Writer with Brain Disease (bipolar) and commented:
    Poetic insight into mental illness and a great photography.


  8. Karina Churchill Avatar
    Karina Churchill

    A very poetic and apt description of mental illness. I love the photograph of the moon. I find it so difficult to photograph the night sky.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. paleblueeyes0 Avatar

    Brilliant. I had my photo shared by you years back, it’s a great thing that you do. My new blog has got lots of mental health awareness content that you might find interesting 🙂 https://fabletherapy.wordpress.com keep up the wonderful positive awareness 🌞🌱✨


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