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.

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Photo 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 this photo: “This is actually a very personal photo; I took it after I came home from a party where I suffered a huge depression attack and remembered the tip about writing or doodling on your skin with a pen as an alternative to self-harm. Soon my forearm was all blue from ink – but I’m glad it was so; the ink can be washed away, and memories of self-harm cannot.”

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our resources page or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for free, confidential assistance, 24/7

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3 responses to “Alternatives”

  1. Mike Ross Avatar

    There are always alternatives, but as Auden said, sometimes we prefer to die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment.

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  2. karen Avatar
    karen

    That is a beautiful design as well, and I like the strategy– thanks.

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  3. BookOfBokeh Avatar
    BookOfBokeh

    Striking!

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