Authentic

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences... Continue Reading →

Step On The Cracks

Photo taken by contributor Livonne, a 55-year-old woman who lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia. She was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder over 20 years ago following a troubled childhood, a violent marriage, and the tragic death of her 10-year-old daughter on an access visit. She eventually found herself unable to work full time and... Continue Reading →

Defying Conventions

Please welcome first-time contributor Saro Anne, a 36-year-old wife, mother and poet who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, bulimia, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She uses the power of language to break down the barriers that her diagnoses have built up over the course of her lifetime. About these photos: “I took these photos... 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 →

Sing From Your Heart

Photo taken by contributor Lakesh, a 36-year-old woman currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her first experience with depression came through a relationship. It was filled with ups and downs, and both pockets of joy and memorable disappointments. The relationship has since ended but that experience has changed her perspective of mental illness. She will forever... Continue Reading →

Car Play

Photo taken by contributor Brandon Halley, a 20-year-old fine art photography student from St. Louis, Missouri. Brandon suffers from severe anxiety and depression, and is currently in recovery from self-harm. Realizing that photography and digital art were the only ways he knew how to relieve stress in a healthy manner, he started doing it more often in hopes... Continue Reading →

Adventure

Please say hello to first-time contributor Nat, a 70-year-old man who has been interested in photography since he was a kid. He has suffered from chronic depression for many years. Usually the loss of a loved one, rejection, or anything that triggers feelings of low self-esteem can lead to a difficult time ahead. Lately, he is rediscovering the joy... Continue Reading →

Laughter

Photo taken by contributor Danielle who has experienced episodes of extreme depression with agoraphobia. She is a wife and mother to a little human and a furbaby. About this photo: "This is an outtake from a shoot I did recently. It makes me smile, and reminds me how important it is to have people in our... Continue Reading →

Yin & Yang; Macedonia

Photo taken by contributor Lakesh, a 36-year-old woman currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her first experience with depression came through a relationship. It was filled with ups and downs, and both pockets of joy and memorable disappointments. The relationship has since ended but that experience has changed her perspective of mental illness. She will forever... Continue Reading →

At the Pumpkin Patch

Photo taken in Pennsylvania by a contributor Danielle who has Major Depressive Disorder. She has had a difficult few years that has caused her to shut most everyone out of her life. She does maintain a select few family and friends who have supported her through the darkest of times. About this photo: "This week my best... Continue Reading →

Eyes Full of Questions

Photo taken by first-time contributor Uday Narayanan, a 26-year-old from New Delhi, India. Uday has an uncle who suffers from Schizophrenia. His uncle has been living with him for the last 20 years. Growing up, Uday remembers his uncle as being a loving man who would play with him every evening, but who would get extremely moody... Continue Reading →

Bolivian Boys

Photo taken by contributor Elise, a 19-year-old girl who is passionate about travel and helping people. She loves seeing new places and experiencing all the things a new country or culture has to offer. She believes that through helping other people through their difficulties you can learn so much about them and about yourself. She’s been... Continue Reading →

Simple Joys

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a 36-year-old photographer and self-portrait artist from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very... Continue Reading →

Baby Love

Photo taken by a photographer and mom who suffers from severe depression. Despite the depths she may sink to, she is able to find joy in capturing special moments in the lives of other people. About this photo: "I love photographing children. These twin newborns were no exception. They were beyond cute. The rings in this... Continue Reading →

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