Don’t Ask Me How I Am Doing

Photography by Randy J Hilliker, an MFA student at Art Academy University in San Francisco, where he studies Fine Art Photography. Randy has lived most of his life struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD from childhood abuse, and most recently was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder. About this photo: "A principle that I live by is... Continue Reading →

Perspective

Photography by K. Sforza who has lived with chronic mental illness since the age of 10, when they first attempted suicide. They experience chaos, sometimes followed by periods of relief, melancholy, voices, and anxiety. Photography is the medium they use to give voice to opinions, ideas, thoughts, and feelings of oppression. They are a survivor,... Continue Reading →

Naive Innocence

Photo taken by contributor Jodie Beardmore, a 25 year old photographer who lives with depression. Jodie recently experienced an emotionally abusive relationship which aggravated her condition. She is now free from that relationship and working on her art and healing. . About this image: “I am now seven months free from the relationship and have created this image to... Continue Reading →

Hope

Photo taken by contributor Jacque, a woman who has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and ADHD. Jacque is a devoted wife to her husband of over 23 years, as well as the mother of two boys. Jacque is from Chicago where she works as a full-time graphic designer and photographer. She loves sharing her stories and... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Dissociation

Please welcome first time contributor Layne, an 18-year-old photographer living with Borderline Personality Disorder and dissociation. They have found photography therapeutic and something that helps them think about feelings and make something positive out of it, making it easier for them to deal with having negative thoughts. About this photo: "This photo is a piece... Continue Reading →

Floating On

Photo taken by contributor Morgan, a 22-year-old woman living in California. Morgan has suffered from depression and anxiety for many years now. She feels very passionate about photography. It’s so much more than just taking pictures to her, it’s a coping mechanism. About this photo: "Just keep floating on. No matter how deep and dark the water... 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 →

Not So New Horizon

Photo taken by contributor Ed, a photographer from Mexico City who was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety in 2007 after severe stress led to a professional, financial, and eventually emotional breakdown. He has battled depression, anxiety, obsessive thinking, and fearfulness his entire life, especially as a child and teenager, after a traumatic family experience. Recently, Ed has found relief from... 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 →

Ana, She Calls To Me

Photo by contributor Rhian Lloyd, a woman who faces mental health challenges every day, including anorexia and depression. In addition to regularly breaking down over her weight and/or feeling low and alone, she also deals with paranoia and panic attacks. Life is definitely a struggle for Rhian, but her passion for photography gets her through most challenges and she is able to... 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 →

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