20 Moving Stories Behind Suicide Awareness Tattoos!
With projects like The Semicolon Project there has been a rise in suicide and mental health awareness tattoos.
Many people still feel their is a stigma attached to the recognition of mental health issues and the discussion of such a topic. Yet the walls surrounding issues like this are slowly coming down, and recently tattooing played a part. The Semicolon Project is a project that encourages people who have suffered or are suffering from mental health issues to draw a small semicolon on their wrist to raise awareness for such issues. Some people chose to make the ultimate declaration of support and got a semicolon tattoo!!
“A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to…That author is you and the sentence is your life”
Around 800,000 people a year die from suicides, and for every person that succeeds there is another who attempted it but survived. Among 15-29 year old's suicide is the second leading cause of death, yet there is still a great need to talk about it and make people aware.
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Projects like The Semicolon Project are a way of doing this, and to help raise even more awareness we sharing some of the moving stories behind peoples mental health and suicide awareness tattoos!
- Tiffany, South Africa
"I recently got my semicolon tattoo to reflect that my sentence will not end by my own hand and in support of others that are suffering the same and different circumstances..."Times are difficult and not everyone is understanding to what you are going through - but know you are not alone!"
- Lara McDonald, Fife
"I got my semicolon tattoo two years ago after suffering from a traumatic event which brought on anxiety and depression...I had been in a psychiatric hospital for six months and this tattoo is my reminder to never give up."
- Travis Pierce, Panama City, Florida
"I got my semicolon tattoo after overcoming addiction and several suicide attempts - and losing my best friend, my little brother. I almost was successful in committing suicide after he died in January of this year...I am a living example that going to counselling and talking to somebody works!"
- Conrad Soar, Southport
"I'm a sufferer of Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar so will always have good and bad times...The semicolon faces me to remind me of what I've been through and survived - that the story continues. The heartbeat is my sentence, my story, a sign that I can overcome what my conditions throw at me and that life goes on. I wear my semicolon with pride!"
- Zowie Hagan, Milton Keynes
"This was a reminder to myself that despite the many hard times I had been through I'm still unbroken, still strong and still living"
- Caitlin Johnson, Sunderland
"I got my semicolon tattoo when I finally came out of the other end of depression. I got it on my left wrist as that is where I used to self harm. I chose to get the tattoo once I recovered to remind me that whenever I get thoughts about anything negative, not to let them beat me"
- Vicky Wilson, Northumberland
"My tattoo may seem a little childish, but one of my favourite YouTubers, and now friend, started a charity called #CutCakeNotWrists. I was a self-harmer from the age of 13-17 so this charity meant a lot to me...I got a tattoo of a cupcake and the words 'Cut Cake Not Wrists' written around it"
- Mollie Lacey, Dublin
"It's about going through and dealing with my depression."
- Leah, UK
"My tattoo explains how I've coped with my my anxiety and my other illnesses over time. It's more meaningful than anything as it is always a strong reminder of how I coped/cope and that I didn't finish it all...I got this tattoo after being so inspired by reading about the semicolon project"
- Tammy, Grand Valley, Ontario
"I have long battled with depression and anxiety and how I will continue my story - but it definitely helps, knowing how many suffer the same as I do. I love what this tat stands for and all the support out there for this cause."
- Kieran Monk, Whitstable
"My tattoo stands for mental illness, my own battle any anyone else's. It says 'stay strong."
- Olajade, California
"I got my semicolon tattoo since I have been in the dark before."
- Eff Gully, London
"I have a blue crescent moon on my knee. I gave this to myself to represent my struggles with attempted suicide and mental health issues and in time with the changing blue moon"
- Jade Allen, Limavady
"I was depressed and self-harmed for about two years - towards the end I became very suicidal and after three attempts I finally broke down and spoke to my family and friends about it...That was two years ago and I decided to get this tattoo to remind myself how strong I can be when times are hard."
- Alice, Australia
"I got 'A Fortiori' tattooed on my wrist when I was 22 and battling with Borderline Personality Disorder. It is Latin for 'yet stronger reason', it means when all seems lost, there is more reason to fight for it to get better."
- Caitlyn, Edinburgh
"I got my semicolon tattoo during my battle with depression, self harm and suicidal thoughts as an incentive for me to keep going. I'm still fighting."
- Laura Sibley, Southampton
"After years of self harm and depression, I got a tattoo of a bird escaping a cage on my arm to cover some scars...It also represents me flying away from my depression and trouble to a new start in life."
- Teri-Ann Davidson, Scotland
"I got this tattoo because when I am having a bad day I can just look at my arm and remember no matter how low life can get, there will always be a high to pick you back up again."
- Ruth Hudson, Manchester
"After receiving a proper diagnosis myself last year, I decided to get this tattoo to encourage people to start talking about mental health- it gets people questioning, why a semi colon? ...I finish my own sentence, and I will never let any mental health condition finish that sentence for me."
- Holly Reah, South Shields
"I have a blue daisy chain around my left wrist with 'stand tall' written on it. I have Asperger syndrome with depression, anxiety and with that I use to self-harm. I still feel like doing it again sometimes but I see the tattoo now and I stand tall. I have now decided under the word 'tall' I'm going to get the semicolon tattooed."