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Around 1 in 4 people in the UK have previously, or currently suffer with some form of mental health issues. It is also said that around 40% of people have at least one tattoo. I am that 1 in 4, and I am part of that 40%, and I would like to discuss how in society today, mental health is highly related to tattoos.

Speaking from experience, dealing with anxiety, depression and self-harm is awful and I believe the best way out of the darkness is finding a creative outlet. For me, that has always been art. Of course, most young children love crayons and play-doh and basically just putting as much colour on as many sheets of paper as physically possible. I have always strived to be better. When I was little, I used to cry because my art wasn’t as good as my older sisters’. Of course it wouldn’t be yet! Throughout high school, I researched lots of art work (as everyone has to that takes GCSE art) and I took a huge interest in photography. Ironically, my high school years were the times that made the depression and anxiety the worst it has ever been. However, when I got older, I discovered tattoos and a different style of artwork and my life and attitude completely changed.

My first tattoo was super meaningful to me and really was the initial start to my recovery. I decided to get a recovery symbol on the middle finger of my right hand. For me, this was the greatest motivation to stop me from re-lapsing. I would see it every time I went to use my hands and it stopped me from hurting myself. From then on, I took comfort in researching tattoo cultures, drawing and getting some more tattoos myself.

Now, enough about me, let’s talk about you!

I know so many people with tattoos. Some I have discussed their reasons, some I have simply just admired. Everyone has his or her different reasons. A lot of the time, people have so many tattoos because they were young and naive and didn’t really think them through. But, I do know people who have put so much thought into them, it’s unreal.

Someone very close to me often speaks openly about their reasoning for their tattoos. At a young age, they were bullied for the way they look. Whilst still in school, they took comfort in gaming and admiring nature, but when they got older and still didn’t feel confident in themselves, they started to look into tattoos. I can relate when he said that tattoos make him feel more confident and more themselves.

Tattoos in my opinion are the best way to express yourself and to remind your own mind exactly what you love in life. Depression is a funny thing and can often make you feel like you don’t enjoy anything at all in life and you should just give up. But, having constant beautiful reminders on your skin can push the depression away and you immediately feel brighter, more positive and ready to face the day with confidence.

All in all, no matter what the older, close-minded generations say about tattoos, when it comes to relating with mental health, I for one believe they are incredible and life changing in the most positive way.

There is soooo much more to discuss on this subject and I would love to hear what you think, so please let me know and let’s banish the stereotypes on tattoos and mental health! Let’s open up, talk to each other and get creative. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, I promise.

Cara Stewart

(@dots.and.dreams)

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