When it comes to picking out a Mental Health Awareness Tattoo, we tend to have this long internal conversation with ourselves. What will it mean to me? How will people interpret it? What kinds of conversations will it bring up? In this post, we will show you some amazing submissions by people in our Facebook group, Suicide Prevention Rocks, and give you some ideas you can take on as your own.
The most common mental health illness in the United States is major depressive disorder. It affects millions of people each year and affects roughly 7% of the population. And for many people, dealing with and curing depression is a lifelong process – but it’s one each and every one of us can overcome when given the right tools.
Because it is such an important aspect of society, a lot of individuals are attempting to break the stigma around mental health struggles and let others know they are not alone, by getting a mental health or suicide prevention related tattoo.
Mental health and suicide prevention related tattoos are a way to show your support for those who suffer from mental illness and raise awareness. They can also be seen as a form of self-healing, as they put a constant reminder in place to show what you have overcome in life yourself.
These tattoos matter because they help to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues. They also provide comfort and support to those who need it in their own mental health journeys. In this article, we will list all of the submissions we’ve received so far and reveal the story behind all of these tattoos.
Tips for Choosing the Right Mental Health Awareness Tattoo
Choosing the right tattoo can be a difficult task. Here are seven tips to help you choose the perfect mental health and suicide prevention awareness tattoo:
1. Why Do You Want A Tattoo?
Before you decide on a tattoo, ask yourself why you want it. Are you getting the tattoo to commemorate a loved one who has died by suicide? To support someone who is struggling? Or simply as a reminder that you are not alone? Once you know why you want the tattoo, it will be easier to choose the design that is right for you.
2. Consider The Placement Of Your Tattoo
Where you want your tattoo is also an important consideration. Mental health tattoos are often times placed on the wrist, neck, or foot. The placement of the tattoo will depend on its size and what message you want to convey with it.Another thing to consider is that if your mental health awareness tattoo is visible, people might ask about it. Are you comfortable talking about your struggles with others? If not, you might want to consider a tattoo that is hidden from view.
3. Choose your Design
There are many mental health awareness tattoo designs to choose from. You will find a section below that will cover some of the most popular mental health tattoo designs.
4. Find An Artist You Trust
Not all tattoo artists are created equal. When choosing an artist to do your mental health tattoo, be sure to find someone who is reputable and has experience with Mental Health Awareness tattoos. You don’t want to end up with a botched mental health awareness tattoo that you regret for the rest of your life.
5. Don’t Rush The Process
Take your time choosing a mental health tattoo. This is a decision you will have to live with for the rest of your life, so be sure it’s something you are 100% happy with. If you’re still not sure what design to choose, consider getting a temporary tattoo until you decide on a permanent design.
Mental Health Tattoo Ideas
Want to support and raise mental health awareness with a tattoo? Below are some mental health tattoos you can try:
1. Semicolon Tattoo
This is a popular mental health awareness tattoo. Semicolon tattoos represent that a person’s story is not over yet.
2. Green Ribbon Tattoo
The green ribbon is a popular symbol for mental health. It can represent support for someone who is struggling or remembering a loved one who has died from suicide.
3. Lotus Flower Tattoo
The lotus flower is a symbol of enlightenment and rebirth in Eastern religions. Many individuals choose the lotus flower as a mental health tattoo because it grows in muddy water and represents how they have risen from adversity, as well as a reminder that they are capable of overcoming all obstacles.
4. Heartbeat Tattoo
A heartbeat tattoo can represent life, love, and hope. It can also be a reminder to stay alive and fight for your life.
5. Butterfly Tattoo
The markings on a monarch butterfly’s wing are beautiful and changeable, just like the butterflies themselves. Transformative moments in life are often represented by butterfly tattoos. The metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly is frightening, similar to the transformation that takes place when you go through something difficult in your life. The butterfly tattoo is sometimes used as a reminder that while change is messy, it makes us stronger and more beautiful.
6. Anchor Tattoo
The anchor is a popular mental health awareness tattoo for those who have battled addiction and mental health issues. The anchor represents the hope that they will be able to stay sober and grounded in their recovery. It can also represent stability and strength through tough times.
A mental health awareness tattoo is incredibly personal and meaningful to the people who have them. They signify overcoming tough times, fighting against suicide, and promoting mental health awareness.All tattoos listed above are beautiful and powerful statements of hope and resilience. If you’re thinking about getting a mental health awareness tattoo, be sure to do your research so that you can find a tattoo artist who will create something truly special for you.
Mental health awareness tattoos matter because they show the world that we are all in this together, fighting for better lives for everyone.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression, please reach out for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-TALK.
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Mental Health Tattoos And Their Stories
“Symbolic of my promise to Joshua… A butterfly for his transition made from ribbon in suicide awareness colors with teal for assault, his signature “J”, asymmetrical tails for my transformation, and an ellipsis to continue his works of love and compassion and for all the words unspoken… forever in my heart.”
“One year after my son died we released sky lanterns in his memory. I planned to do the same at 5 years, but was traveling to watch my grandson compete after winning state in little league. A colleague was approaching the one year anniversary of her son’s death so I gave the sky lanterns to her. She released them with her family over a lake in Central MO. After wanting a memorial tattoo for 5 years I knew this was it! I had the artist include my son’s signature from a card he had given me.”
“Ten years ago, I was hospitalized for 6 months following a breakdown. No matter how I was presenting myself to others I knew inside I was still me and that is what gave me, and my loving family, the hope I would recover. Everyone who has read the tattoo has loved it and understood it ♥️.”
“This is the actual writing in the last Mother’s Day card my forever 19-year-old son, Johnny, wrote to me before he died by suicide. Grammatically, it could also be ME telling HIM, “I love you, Johnny.” I had it tattooed over my heart, so we could tell each other every day, just like we used to.”
“This tattoo is in honor of my brother with his name and the suicide awareness ribbon. I have it on my wrist where I can read it all the time. I love it because it reminds me to always think of him and I feel like his spirit is always with me.”
"I got this tattoo to represent the healing process it always takes in everyone’s journey. I’ve also always been called a butterfly my whole life so I saw this fitting as a suicide survivor to get something that represent myself, my journey thus far and where my journey will take me."
“This tattoo means a lot to me. I got this tattoo in memory of my youngest son on his birthday one year after he died by suicide. The guitar is one that he used to play. He was very good…He died by suicide 11 days after he turned 34… I miss my son every minute of every day. 8/24/1984 to 9/5/2018. Forever 34.”
“I have some words left to me by my son. The rose is a variety he would buy me, with the words choose life, the Ivy is from the yard where we found him. The marigolds are his birth month flower and associated with the day of the dead and of course the suicide awareness ribbon. They are all in remembrance of him and to promote suicide awareness.”
“This was my first tattoo, this means so much because it was custom designed by me and my artist. I went through a lot of issues growing up I fought battles everyday with myself and I never saw much in my future, and when I got this, I knew I would be okay.”
“It is a promise to myself, and my loved ones that my story will not end. I live each day to pay tribute for those who ended their lives so tragically.”
“My family is very Irish. After my uncle died by suicide, my sister, niece, and myself all three got these tattoos.”
“This is my tattoo that I got two years ago. I love my tattoo cause it shows how my suicide attempts didn’t take me away cause my time wasn’t here yet, and I’m still fighting every day.”
“This tattoo represents self-love and was hand-drawn for me by a friend, @JuicyArt, on Instagram, hailing from South Africa. The tattoo work was done by Yami Rotten of Black Sheep Tattoo Studios. I’ve tried to take my own life, but God said not yet!! I’m learning to love myself, one day at a time.”
“This symbolizes the strength to overcome addiction, depression, suicide and mental health issues in my life. It reminds me daily that I am stronger than any of it combined. I want it to remind others that they are stronger than all that as well and that we all deserve better. Mental health, suicide, and depression are the hardest to overcome in today’s societies. You often times feel judged if you reach out for help but I now know that there are people who care, and people who are here to help.”