Disconnect

Please welcome first-time contributor James, a long-term sufferer of mental illness from London who was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. James believes in the power of talking and that it’s linked with bringing awareness and healing to the sufferer. He is open about his dealings with mental illness and tries to subtly carry this... Continue Reading →

Moments of Peace

Please welcome first time contributor Carole, a 51-year-old woman who lives in a small village in the UK that she thinks of as a small piece of heaven, but it can also be quite isolating at times. Carole is divorced and the mother to a son and daughter. She has not worked for several years... Continue Reading →

Release

Photo taken by contributor Annie, a woman who lives with anxiety, PTSD, depression and dissociation. She has survived a suicide attempt. Annie copes by walking when able, meditation, yoga, writing, artwork and being with her best friend Rumi, her feline companion. About this photo: “There are days that anxiety and depression weigh heavy upon you and... Continue Reading →

Through The Trees

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 →

Good Morning and…

Photo taken by contributor Lakesh, a woman in her thirties who serves 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 on mental illness. She will... Continue Reading →

BE better

Please welcome first time contributor Federica, an Italian woman in her late twenties. She was diagnosed in 2012 with recurring panic attacks and mild depression. She has also experienced mental illness in her closest family members, including anorexia, bulimia, and depression. Frederica is currently recovering from a severe relapse after moving to the UK last year.... 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 →

Slow Going

Photo taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a woman in her thirties who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within... 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 →

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 →

Eye Of The Storm

Photo taken by contributor Annie, a woman who lives with depression, PTSD, anxiety and dissociation. Annie has survived a suicide attempt. Annie copes by meditating, doing yoga, walking when weather permits, listening to music, reading, writing and art. Annie lives with her feline companion and best friend Rumi. About this photo: “We never know when a horrific... 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 →

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 →

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