Through The Lens

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... Continue Reading →

Happy Face

Photo taken by first-time contributor Susan Spangenberg, a painter, writer, and actor who performs under the stage name Shyla Idris. Susan has spent the last twenty years in and out of psychiatric hospitals. She believes in the power of transcendence through the arts. She is a self-taught outsider artist who has been a member of Fountain House Gallery, H.A.I. (Healing Arts Initiative), and The... Continue Reading →

Dark Thoughts

Photos taken by contributor millrick, a man who has been living in Toronto, Ontario, for the past 35 years. Rick has been living with a mood disorder for his entire adult life. Despite being well educated and well employed, Rick's illness caused him to lose everything that was important to him, except his self-identity as a 'Mad Artist'.... Continue Reading →

Pure Joy

Photo taken by first-time contributor Estelle Haward, a 52-year-old mother of three, and grandmother to a bunch of boys ranging from 2 months to 12 years. Estelle has battled mental health issues for most of her life. She finds that feelings, be it joy, peace, or sadness, when captured in an image last through seasons and heal the wounds of this scary and... Continue Reading →

Calm in the midst of the Storm

Please welcome first time contributor Kevin W. Gardner. Kevin has been suffering with mental illness all of his life. He deals with mental illness through photography and through music. He has a case manager that is supportive of his photography work. About these photos: “I took this photo in the rural town of Bluejacket, Oklahoma. During... Continue Reading →

Broken Light Collective Announcements!

Just for today, we are straying from our format a bit to share some exciting news!!! Our first live exhibit is coming up in just a few weeks! “FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT: Photography by Broken Light Collective” is going to be a seven-week exhibit at the amazing non-profit Fountain Gallery in NYC (48th and 9th).... Continue Reading →

Looking Through

Photo taken by Malgorzata, or Margaret to some, a 28-year-old woman from Warsaw, Poland. In her own words: "Amateur photographer. Maybe someday turns hobby into a work. Stuck between two countries, Poland and Ireland. My connection to mental health issue? - I never said it public but I had neurosis. Something about 2 years ago I was... Continue Reading →

Reaching Farther

Photo taken by Josefine, a swedish photography student currently based out of Los Angeles. The reason she decided to pursue photography full time is because she saw the impact pictures can have on people, both by looking at them, and making them. While volunteering for a church program that takes in victims of sex trafficking, she... Continue Reading →

You Need Me

Photo by Christopher Scott & Viviana Urvina. Christopher Scott is an award winning internationally recognised social awareness poster designer from Northern Ireland. His work has been exhibited all over the world including the Louvre Paris, Triennale Milan, Peru, Korea, USA and many more. Paramount to his designs is for them to have substance that communicate a strong... Continue Reading →

Eastern State Penitentiary

Photo taken by Cathy Fiebelkorn of NJ.  Although I do not have a mental illness, my life has been touched by people who cope with various forms of it. Whether they be relatives, friends, co-workers, the middle school students I teach, or the unknown readers of this blog, I care deeply about understanding and supporting... Continue Reading →

Moving Free

Photo taken by Raven Adams, 26, of model Lillian Concepcion in New York. About this photo: This photo was taken of Lillian who is a choreographer/dancer. We decided on Coney Island because she grew up in the area. We wanted to capture an image of her that would express where she came from and her passion. The love... Continue Reading →

Cocoon

Photos taken by Micaela Brookman from Los Angeles, California. Micaela is a young model and aspiring photographer. Her work is greatly influenced by Salvador Dali and Richard Avedon. When Micaela was seven years old she lost her mother to depression and mental illness. About these photos: The photos attached show various stages of the grieving process. The first: Numbness, The second: Denial,... Continue Reading →

Beacon of Hope

Photo taken by Callum Snape, whose sister helps treat substance abusers and people with mental health issues on a daily basis. She is an amazing woman who helps heal people, an inspiration to Callum and us all. Callum is a Landscape & Wildlife photographer who tries to convey a connection to nature through his work. This... Continue Reading →

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