Fragile Web of the Mind « Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Fragile Web of the Mind

From Broken Light. Please take a look at this website if you’re not familiar with it.

Today is World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is “Depression: A Global Crisis”. A crisis, indeed. If you are experiencing depression and not yet getting help, please take steps towards beginning your path to recovery. You can make an appointment with a psychiatric professional, or if you are in crisis, feeling harmful or suicidal and need immediate help, you can go to the closest hospital or call a helpline such as 1-800-273-TALK.

Photo taken by Ian, a 52-year-old Welsh rugby fan who was diagnosed with clinical depression 10 years ago and bipolar disorder. It has been a hard journey, with laughter, tears, and heartache, but the support of his wife and two children, 5 and 7 years old has helped keep him going. Ian feels he has gotten an unexpected gift from his depression, and that was self-taught photography. It was very difficult at first, but he kept working at it and learning until he developed an eye and technical skills. He started using photography to get out and have a purpose, and in difficult social situations. It has now become an important part of his life and helpful in his recovery. When he is pleased with the end product, his photos can give him a feeling of pride and make him feel less debilitated by his illness.

About this photo: “I took this web image when out walking. I looked at all the webs in the early morning dew and I thought how to photograph them with a twist, so I focused on the individual strands and water droplets. Like the human mind, they are so intricate and fragile.”

via Fragile Web of the Mind « Broken Light: A Photography Collective.

Please explore this website if you haven’t yet.  The statistics on depression are overwhelming.  Art really can save us.  — M.

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2 Responses to “Fragile Web of the Mind « Broken Light: A Photography Collective”
  1. Nicole says:

    Thanks for posting this and spreading the word about Mental Health Day!

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