You Are Not Alone

Photo taken by contributor Allison Utz, a 23-year-old photographer from Marshall, Wisconsin. Allison's challenges include alcoholism, bipolar disorder, anxiety, major-depressive disorder, acute obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bulimia-nervosa. Allison created a series called Breaking The Stigma: Mental Health Awareness Series, through which she learned a lot about herself, and others surrounding her. She uses her voice for those who... Continue Reading →

Feeling Very Small

Photo taken by first-time contributor Shanna, a 45-year-old in Georgia living with DID, Bipolar, Anxiety, Major Depressive Disorder, and PTSD.  She has found that having a camera in her hands grounds her and gives her peace. About this photo: “Due to many health problems, aside from my mental illnesses, I have been unable to get outside... Continue Reading →

Dark Place

Photo taken by first-time contributor Julie, a California-based photographer who also works in film. She's been battling anxiety and depression for over ten years, suffering from panic attacks in between. Julie was initially put on medication for depression in her early twenties, but it did not seem to help her and she eventually stopped taking it. During... Continue Reading →

Behind Smoke and Mask

Photos taken by contributor Katie Kelleher, a freelance artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. She has been faced with mental health challenges, including bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, anorexia, and self harm, leading to hospitalizations, treatments, hardships, and different turns along the journey. The experience of mental illness also came with the realization and the necessity... Continue Reading →

For Don

The following is a repeat post to honor Don, a member of the Broken Light Collective community who we learned has taken his life. Don was a wonderful, talented man and we are grateful that he shared his work and story with us. His light shines on. If anyone is hurting and needs to talk... Continue Reading →

Candy Canes, Clouds and Clowns…Oh My!

Photo taken by contributor Jacque who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD. She is a graphic designer, wife, and mother to two boys. She is learning to draw from God’s strength to get her through every day. She has also found art and music to be great healers and outlets for the soul. About this photo: “Sometimes... Continue Reading →

Instant of Beauty

Photo taken by contributor Don, a man in his fifties from the Western North Carolina Mountains. Throughout his teens and twenties spikes of grandeur, depression, and anxiety were the norm, although back then no one used those terms, at least not in his small town. He struggled throughout his twenties. Don continued to be plagued by episodes of mania and depression,... Continue Reading →

Foreground

Photo taken by contributor Jacque who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD. She is a graphic designer, wife, and mother to two boys. She is learning to draw from God’s strength to get her through every day. She has also found art and music to be great healers and outlets for the soul. About this photo: “This... Continue Reading →

Gold in the Mountains

Photo taken by contributor Don, a man in his fifties from the Western North Carolina Mountains. Throughout his teens and twenties spikes of grandeur, depression, and anxiety were the norm, although back then no one used those terms, at least not in his small town. He struggled throughout his twenties. Don continued to be plagued by episodes of mania and depression,... Continue Reading →

Dissociation & Psychosis

Photo by contributor John E. Panic, a man who was born in Houston, Texas, in 1954. John experienced his first psychotic episode on his last day of elementary school. He went undiagnosed until 1973 when recreational drug use as a sophomore in college caused a mental breakdown. His first diagnosis was from a hallucinatory drug flashback. He was misdiagnosed as having... Continue Reading →

Commercial Trash Compactor: Shattered Self

Please welcome first-time contributor John E. Panic, a man who was born in Houston, Texas, in 1954. John experienced his first psychotic episode on his last day of elementary school. He went undiagnosed until 1973 when recreational drug use as a sophomore in college caused a mental breakdown. His first diagnosis was from a hallucinatory drug flashback. He was misdiagnosed... Continue Reading →

Weeping Cherry

Photo taken by contributor Don, a man in his fifties from the Western North Carolina Mountains. Throughout his teens and twenties spikes of grandeur, depression, and anxiety were the norm, although back then no one used those terms, at least not in his small town. He struggled throughout his twenties. Don continued to be plagued by episodes of mania and depression,... Continue Reading →

The Red Door

Photo taken by contributor Danielle Hark, a woman in her thirties whose diagnoses include Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Danielle is a freelance writer, photographer, photo editor, and the founder of Broken Light Collective. About this photo: “I found this while on a photo walk between panic attacks during a very chaotic time. The photo really captures the struggle I was... Continue Reading →

The Places That Scare You

Photo taken by contributor Michael Ross, a 58-year-old man from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Michael has struggled with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder for most of his life. Photography helps him deal with the daily struggles, but sometimes becomes a battle of perfectionism. About this photo: “Recently at 3am I decided to go to the Reading Pagoda in Pennsylvania... Continue Reading →

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