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 Teija, a woman in her thirties from Finland. Teija suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed in December of 2012. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last five years.

About this photo: “When I am having self-doubts about my work or other things in life, I wish I could run on to some mountain and just sit there and hope that someone would come to look for me, and rescue me. But then I think, that even though I give my love to others, I am not a good enough person, and no one would come to look for me, I just would be all alone. And loneliness is something I am afraid of, even though I sometimes really love to have some alone time, especially when I am post-processing my work.”

Find more from Teija at her blog.


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One response to “You’ve Got The Love”

  1. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Being alone is a choice. I need alone time to decompress from life. Loneliness, however, isn’t. I am home alone much of the time and cannot get out much. That is hard. I understand about wanting to be rescued and struggling with self worth. I’ve found that Jesus rescues, even though things don’t always feel wonderful right away or consistently.

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