Survival Manual

Please welcome first-time contributor Fili Olsefski, a woman born in Poland who currently resides in Athens, Greece. Fili has experienced depression and mental health challenges through friends and herself, which she describes as holding on from cliffs and from haunted people, and being thrown into mud and wire. Fili holds an MA in Fine Arts,... Continue Reading →

Just Breathe

Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman in her thirties who has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Danielle is a freelance writer, photographer, photo editor, and mental health advocate. About this photo: “Sometimes, no matter how difficult things feel, you have to just stop, look up, and breathe." More from Danielle on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & her articles/interviews. _____ **Visit Broken Light’s main... Continue Reading →

Fire In My Sky

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a woman in her thirties from Finland. Teija suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital.... Continue Reading →

Hope

Photo taken by contributor Cheerios, a man who was diagnosed with Bipolar and Paranoid Schizophrenia at the age of 41. Cheerios works and does his best to function at a level that he considers to be normal. About this photo: “I took this picture several years back. At the time it signified hope for me; hope that... Continue Reading →

Uncertainty

Photo taken by contributor Tracy, a 30-year-old woman who lives with her husband and 8-year-old daughter in Glasgow, UK. Tracy has struggled with anxiety and depression for several years. She worked as an office assistant but was signed off work due to mental health issues. She deteriorated even more after that, with time spent in hospital, going to see counsellors, and... Continue Reading →

Leaves and Sky

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a 63-year-old writer living in Rochester, N.Y. Many of his friends and family members have suffered from depression and serious mental health issues. About this photo: “There are many dark days when a few hours wandering around with the camera is the best possible therapy. And there are other days when I... Continue Reading →

Volcanoscape

Photo taken by contributor Leya, a single mother working in the mental health field. Leya has a child with multiple barriers, including severe anxiety. She also grew up in a highly anxious household with a family that experienced significant historical trauma. Leya believes that the key to our collective functioning is finding ways to calm our overactive... Continue Reading →

Lamppost

Photo taken by contributor Ty Fitzgerald, a man who has been diagnosed with Bipolar II. Ty has a fondness for Lo-fi and Lux filters because they intensify shadows, highlights and colors. Such photos visually represent the way he sees the world, a little brighter and darker than he imagines those without bipolar disorder see the world. About this photo: “This photo of a lamppost... Continue Reading →

Juxtaposition

Photos taken by first-time contributor Ty Fitzgerald, a man who has been diagnosed with Bipolar II. Ty has a fondness for Lo-fi and Lux filters because they intensify shadows, highlights and colors. Such photos visually represent the way he sees the world, a little brighter and darker than he imagines those without Bipolar see the world. About these photos: "I love taking photos... Continue Reading →

Absorbing Life

Please say a warm hello to first-time contributor Ben. Ben has an anxiety disorder that manifests itself in OCD and Depression About these photos: “These were taken in Bedfordshire by myself during the summer of 2014. I was driving past these fields and the clouds were amazing, I pulled over to take a shot and also noticed a... Continue Reading →

Clouded Mind

Photo taken by contributor Luis Rosado, a man from Staten Island, NY who has been suffering from anxiety and depression for over 30 years. After struggling with an alcohol problem for over two decades, Luis is celebrating over five years of sobriety. Photography has always been a wonderful outlet for him to capture and hold on to the brighter moments in... Continue Reading →

Prisma

Photo taken by contributor Sully Sidhe, a woman who struggles with severe anxiety. Sully has a penchant for music and art in all forms, and loves glitter, rainbows, unicorns and the dark side of the moon. About this photo: “My head is always up in the clouds, and this day I was feeling quite prismatic...so I gave it... Continue Reading →

Art of Nature

Photo taken by contributor Danielle who suffers from bouts of severe depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. She enjoys capturing the world around her, whether it is with her Canon dSLR or her iPhone. About this photo: "Flying is not easy for me, but seeing something like this makes it all worth it. This particular view looked like a living... Continue Reading →

Beneath a Blanket of Clouds

Photo taken by contributor Danielle who has lived though severe major depressive episodes as well as periods of intense anxiety and panic. About this photo: “Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed, I just stop what I'm doing, take some deep breaths and look up. In this instance, the clouds looked like cotton balls and felt comforting like... Continue Reading →

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