Let's See Those Tattoos of Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness - Joshua York Legacy Foundation

Let’s See Those Tattoos of Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness

Feb 3, 2022 | Suicide Prevention, Art Therapy, Outreach, Mental Health Awareness | 0 comments

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According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2019 alone, death by suicide accounted for 47,511 deaths, and 1.38M suicide attempts reported. Tattoos have been used for thousands of years to represent a variety of different things. Most commonly, tattoos are used to represent memories or people that are important to us. In suicide prevention and mental health awareness circles, tattoos of suicide and mental health awareness topics are extremely common. These tattoos often feature a phrase or photo from their lost ones, expressed in a way that represents strength, such as “Be strong,” or “You’re loved.” Not only do suicide prevention related tattoos offer a constant reminder of both suicide prevention and mental health issues, they also serve as a visual representation of the loss we suffered. We’re currently working on a piece to highlight this artwork and memory on our website, and we want to include you in that.

What are we looking for?

We want to highlight your tattoo that you got. Whether it is in memory of a loved one lost to suicide, or even a tattoo of strength from your own battles, we want to highlight you.

Who can participate?

Anyone of legal age (18+) within the United States. Participants do not need to be professional photographers, just passionate about our cause and the role it has played in your life or the lives of others in your community.

Deadline for submissions?

Sunday, February 13, 2022, 10PM EST

How to submit?

Submit a photo of your tattoo, showcasing your representation of your loved one or signal of strength to carry on. Each submission must be submitted through our form, accompanied by a description of what the tattoo represents to you (in 200 words or less).


Photo composition and format:

Please ensure the photo is taken in high resolution with good lighting, so we can admire the true art that you have chosen to display. Avoid anything in the background that may distract the eye from its focus (your art).

Selected entries will:

  • Receive a $5 gift card for use on our website
  • Be interviewed for a profile feature on the Joshua York Legacy Foundation website
  • Have their entry exhibited on our organization’s website, social media platforms, and any publications we see fit

Examples of what we’re looking for:

Keep in mind that the art of what appears in your tattoo is what makes it special to you. As long as it does not include triggering images or words, we can consider it for inclusion. Photos may include just the tattoo, the arm or leg that it appears on, or even you! Let your creativity flow!

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