Speaking With Trees

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 →

Listen To My Waves

Please welcome first-time contributor Heather, a woman who struggles with depression and anxiety. The overwhelming cycle she experiences of unpredictable triggers and ensuing hopelessness is countered by knowing beyond any doubt that she is loved and supported by family and friends. Living in a new city with so many new things to see and many new friends is giving Heather... Continue Reading →

Wash Away the Day

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... Continue Reading →

Listen To The Silence

Photo taken by contributor Johanna, a 36-year-old guidance counselor from Finland. She has family members and friends who have suffered or continue to suffer from mental health challenges, such as severe depression and bipolar disorder. Many of her students also have different kinds of mental health issues and as a guidance counselor it is her job to try to... Continue Reading →

Tranquility

Photo taken by contributor Phedias Hadjicharalambous, a 33-year-old man from Nicosia, Cyprus. He began delving into photography last year during a difficult time after the death of his beloved grandmother. It helped him cope with personal challenges, as well as challenges that arose when his mother began battling severe anxiety. Thankfully with the proper treatment his mother is now doing... Continue Reading →

Positive Energy

Photo taken by contributor FromDarknesstoLight, a man from Germany who experienced a drug-related psychosis in December 2011, and has been taking medication since. He continued to regularly abuse drugs until last year when the drugs, combined with his medication and psychosis, led doctors in Germany to diagnose him with schizophrenia. He had to stop his studies at university and... Continue Reading →

Finding Peace

Photo taken by Lisa, a licensed mental health counselor. She believes that we all need a creative outlet to help clear our heads of the occasional “gunk.” For her, it’s photography, and diving. She has a personal blog that contains inspirational and travel photos, as well as a professional blog. Though she is very proud of being licensed counselors for both... Continue Reading →

Finding Peace, Without and Within

Photo taken by contributor Bipolar On Fire, a woman in her 40’s who lives and works in Boulder, Colorado. She has Bipolar Disorder and Depression, as well as Fibromyalgia. It is a great struggle for her to work full-time and has been for a while. She works as a System Administrator, but will hopefully be leaving... Continue Reading →

Peaceful Horses

Photo taken by contributor  Tiger Lillies, a woman in her forties from Ontario who suffers from deep depression, psychosis, and agoraphobia, possibly bipolar disorder, all while raising her two young grandchildren, four and six years old. Thankfully she has a supportive partner Rick who helps make daily life with children possible. Her grandchildren, as well... Continue Reading →

Resolved

Photo taken in Massachusetts by a woman with Major Depressive Disorder. She also has agoraphobic tendencies, but is determined to get out more in 2013. About this photo: "This photograph was taken several years ago in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I was there for a winter wedding. It was beautiful, but my favorite part was bundling up... Continue Reading →

Voice for the Voiceless

Photo taken by Jan Austin Smith, a 27-year-old man living in Northern California. His mother, a Psychiatrist, has depression, and his closest aunt is bipolar, so he has been around people with mental health issues his whole life, and has a tremendous amount of compassion for them. He thinks that mental issues are so maligned in... Continue Reading →

Finding Joy in Nepal

Photo taken by Thirdeyemom, a survivor of a terrifying, isolating year of postpartum depression that caused her everything from severe insomnia, to anxiety and worry, to hallucinations. She used travel, writing, and photography, in addition to professional help and supportive family, to fight her way out of the darkness. See more of her inspiring story here. About this... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Darkness

Photo taken by Alice. I'm a woman in my late forties, who has worked constantly since I was 18. I have a young son and a dog, and we live near a castle in England. I have a recent diagnosis of "cyclothymia" - supposedly a "mild" form of Bipolar Disorder - but this is only the latest (and... Continue Reading →

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