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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.

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Photos by contributor Patrycja Marciniak, a 24-year-old graphic designer, artist, and photographer from Poland who has struggled with depression, anxiety, and dermatillomania, the urge to scratch and pick at one’s skin.

About these photos: “I filled a jar with venlafaxine – a medication I take for depression – to express the hopelessness I sometimes feel. My illness feels like a prison, and medicine doesn’t feel like an escape, only a temporary break, a necessity. I’m looking forward to the times when I no longer desperately need meds to feel happy, but can find the happiness on my own. I hope that someday I will spread my wings and fly away from my prison.”

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4 responses to “Happiness”

  1. Kerrie Avatar

    How creative! I, too, am on venlafaxine but on may way off of them… it’s nice to think of myself as a butterfly spreading my newfound wings 🙂


  2. daveyone1 Avatar

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..


  3. steviegill Avatar

    Lovely images and words, something I can totally relate to.


  4. Mike Ross Avatar

    Charles Bukowski once wrote: “We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain.”


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