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.

Through The Lens – an initiative by the non-profit Broken Light Collective – is a cross-platform mental health awareness campaign that will run from May 1st-31st for Mental Health Month. The campaign features a series of videos (3 minutes or less) created by Broken Light Collective contributors from around the globe, all of whom have been affected by mental illness. The videos show people who are struggling that they are not alone, and serve as a reminder that mental illness is just a small part of an individual. Many of these videos also give a glimpse into the therapeutic power of photography. Above all, these inspiring videos give a real face to mental illness… many different real faces in fact, and voices, and stories, and by doing so are raising awareness and fighting the stigma associated with mental illness.

Through The Lens videos, along with mental health awareness information and news, will be posted starting today on Broken Light Collective’s YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter and even now on Instagram. View and share the videos…



Twitter – @brokenlightco & @daniellehark

Instagram – @brokenlightco & @daniellehark

Thank you to all of the contributors for the amazing videos we have gotten so far, and for taking a moment to speak your truth. Your story matters, and together we are changing perspectives, inspiring people, and helping save lives.


Want to get involved? There’s still time to submit a video & be a part of this campaign!

Through The Lens video guidelines:

1: Intro: Describe yourself, both your mental health challenges, as well as what defines you beyond your challenges.
2: Main content: Tell us what you like about taking pictures, and how it has been a helpful tool for your mental health. Please include a little something about your experience with Broken Light Collective.
3. Optional conclusion: Feel free to share a few words of inspiration for other people who are struggling. It can be your words or a quote or song lyrics that inspire you.
*Technical notes: If you are using a cell phone to record your message, please make sure that the phone is turned horizontally and held with both hands while filming, and that your hands are not covering the microphone. A quiet place that has bright natural light is best.
*If you would like to participate, but prefer not to speak, or to be partially obstructed, you can opt to clearly write your message on pieces of paper or poster board with marker and hold them up in front of you one at a time to convey your message instead of speaking it.
*Please e-mail brokenlightcollective@gmail.com if you intend to submit so we can secure a spot for your video. Please plan to deliver your 1-3 minute video by May 8th, but sooner is better.


And with that… Through The Lens is live! Check out the 1st video: Kyle on Photographing Through Anxiety!


3 responses to “Through The Lens”

  1. Robert Crisp Avatar
    Robert Crisp

    Ah, this is great! It’s wonderful to see some many contributors to this wonderful website in video form. I’ll be sharing this. : )

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  2. Robert Crisp Avatar
    Robert Crisp

    Reblogged this on Recovery 102.

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  3. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Thank you for including me 🙂


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