Faith

Photo taken by contributor Renée, a 28-year-old woman who has lived through psychosis. Three year ago, her world came crashing down. She was starting a new job, trying to make new friends, and looking for the good in people. Stress led to not sleeping and not taking care of herself, body and mind. She ended up becoming an... Continue Reading →

A Lost One

Photo taken by first-time contributor Street Wolf, a 32-year-old man from Jersey City, NJ and New York, NY. Growing up in Jersey City, he was exposed to many things a young man should not have been... suicides, drug abuse, life threatening situations, to name just a few. After one day experiencing what he described as the hitting of a... Continue Reading →

Self Portrait #5

Photo taken by contributor Heidi Spitzig, a 37-year-old woman from the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Heidi is a survivor of childhood sexual, physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse and lives with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and DID. She believes in the healing power of the creative process and uses photography as a way to remain present and connected to... Continue Reading →

Hate

Photo taken by contributor David Ocampo, a 21-year-old graphic designer, musician and photographer from Mexico. David began feeling depressed at a young age. He has survived two suicide attempts, and continues to battle depression. The only times when he doesn’t feel the pressure and sadness are when he is creating art and taking photographs. About this photo: “For me, the tattoos are the only... Continue Reading →

Between Depression and Mania

Photo taken by contributor Kait Mauro, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native in her twenties who has lived all over the country. Kait’s primary diagnosis recently changed from Major Depression to Bipolar Disorder. She has also struggled with anxiety and disordered eating. She is currently an undergraduate at Washington University in Saint Louis where she studies Women, Gender... Continue Reading →

Bare in the Woods

Photo taken by contributor Kait Mauro, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native in her twenties who has lived all over the country. Kait’s primary diagnosis recently changed from Major Depression to Bipolar Disorder. She has also struggled with anxiety and disordered eating. She is currently an undergraduate at Washington University in Saint Louis where she studies Women, Gender... Continue Reading →

The Creative Den

Please welcome first-time contributor Jeanette Clawson, a 46-year-old woman from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin who has suffered from depression and severe pain related to migraines. Jeanette was a school psychologist until pain and disability forced her to stop working. She had been working with children and families who were dealing with educational and/or mental health challenges. The position came naturally to... Continue Reading →

A Bird in the Hand

Photo taken by contributor Kait Mauro, a 22-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native who has lived all over the country. She is trying to see all 50 states and has been to 38 so far. Kait has a diagnosis of major depression, severe and recurrent, as well as having experienced anxiety and disordered eating during her teenage years.... Continue Reading →

Feathers

Photo taken by contributor Kait Mauro, a 21-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native who has lived all over the country. She is trying to see all 50 states and has been to 38 so far. Kait has a diagnosis of major depression, severe and recurrent, as well as having experienced anxiety and disordered eating during her teenage... Continue Reading →

Colorful Tattoo Parlor

Photos taken by contributor Danielle, a woman who has been diagnosed with many mental health issues, especially major depressive disorder. Photography has been a helpful tool through the darkness of depression. About these photos: “I took these photographs in a tattoo shop recently while I was waiting to get my own. I am calling my new... Continue Reading →

Released and Inked

Photos taken by DC, a 32-year-old photographer who suffers from major depression and bipolar II. She was just released from a psychiatric facility where she did an intensive DBT program. About these photos: “I like to think of the new year as an opportunity for rebirth. It's a time to reflect - or if you've had... Continue Reading →

Loving Yourself

Photo taken by a woman in her 40's living in a large east coast city. She a clinical psychologist and photographer who also suffers from mental health issues including Bipolar disorder and ADD. About this photo: "The model in this photo is a fashion-forward friend I met out and about shooting.  I love the contrast between... Continue Reading →

Accidental Masterpiece

Photo taken by Jenny, a 21-year-old english major at a university in Massachusetts. She is interested in feminism, literature, and collecting assortments of tea. She suffers from various mental illnesses - depression and anxiety being the major ones - and then ADD which she finds more frustrating than anything else. About this photo: "Photography has been a way... Continue Reading →

Tattoos and Suicide

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 →

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