We like to introduce the online photography gallery for people affected by mental illness and share this witness which can help many people.
Every person should know that it is most importatn always to be and stay your own self, loving your self and loving the others like they are.
To free yourself from the chains and boundaries it is necessary to get rid of secrets and to dare to be open to others. They either may accept you or leave you for what you are. But in this world there are enough people and you can not be befriended with everybody, so it is better you concentrate to become befriended with those who are willing to take you as you are.
Let yourself be known, come out of the dark and let others also come out the closet.
- Be open about many of your mental health challenges
- dare to publicly discus them
- do not hide
- be not afraid of stigma.
- Gain the courage to do and act
- recognize what you have but also that it might be just one piece of your complex mental puzzle
- We are all individuals on our own twisting journeys to mental health and wellness.
- Frustration, anger, guilt, shame, sadness, isolation, self-loathing, and hopelessness
- Nothing is hopeless.
- Feel a shift, and realize you can choose to live.
- Come to live with the emotional ups and downs
- Dare to look for help
- Stop ignoring advice and stop hiding in that damn closet
- take your meds, see your doctors, and be more self-aware — you can actually take some control, and start moving in a positive direction. One baby step at a time.
- There are still a few people in your life that find you worth fighting for
- fight through this for them, and … do it for yourself
- You are strong. You are capable. You are talented. You are worthy of a life worth living. A change will come.
Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman in her thirties from New Jersey who has suffered from a variety of mental health challenges, including severe depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, as well as traits of BPD, OCD, and ADD. Danielle is a writer, photographer, photo editor and certified professional life coach. she is also a passionate mental health advocate and the founder and director of Broken Light Collective.
About this photo: “I took this self-portrait several years ago, in the midst of a two-year major depressive episode. I had become agoraphobic and spent almost all of my time in that bed. I ate there, I started Broken Light Collective from there, and I even did my therapy from there. This photo represents sadness, fear, isolation, and hopelessness.
I have since emerged from that particular darkness. I still have moments of sadness, fear, isolation and hopelessness, but I also have moments of joy, connection, and hope.
I have been…
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