Today was a good day for me. I did something which I’ve been wanting to do for years. I got a tattoo. I spent months trying to figure out a tattoo that I could get which I would love on my body for the rest of my life and would mean something to me and hopefully mean something to other people.
The tattoo I chose was this:
This is serotonin. It’s one of the “happy hormones” and it’s something that my body and brain sorely lacks. It’s one of the causes of my long term depression and so it’s something that I’ve always tried my best to understand. Needless to say, I’m super happy with this.
“I know some people aren’t a fan of tattoos and they may think that this is a pretty extreme way of getting to talk about mental health and you may well be right but sometimes you need to do something a little bit strange to get people talking.”
Obviously this is primarily something for me. If I don’t have enough of this stuff in my body, I’ll get it tattooed on me in the hopes that it brings me a smile when I see it. I will never be without again. In fact this was the first time I’ve been genuinely excited about anything that I’m doing for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do but this was for me and it’s one of the rare times I do things just for me.
However, there is another reason for this particular kind of tattoo. It’s not something people see very often and so people will hopefully ask about it. When they do, it gives me the chance to talk about mental health, my experiences and the experiences of countless other people who have mental illnesses. It will help to open up the discussions that are so often taboo.
“It gives me the chance to talk about mental health, my experiences and the experiences of countless other people who have mental illnesses. It will help to open up the discussions that are so often taboo.”
I know some people aren’t a fan of tattoos and they may think that this is a pretty extreme way of getting to talk about mental health and you may well be right but sometimes you need to do something a little bit strange to get people talking. This to me, isn’t just a tattoo. It’s a message. It’s a statement. If I can get even one person who looks at my tattoo to think a little bit differently about their mental health and the health of those around them then it will be worth it.
Let the conversations begin.
I love this tattoo! I just wrote a post on my blog called the ‘mental illness tag’, I’m trying to help people understand and have an insight into what it’s like to have a mental illness, would be great if you did it!
Hey Becca, thank you so much for sharing your story. It’s not easy to do! I absolutely loved reading it but am so sorry to hear that you’re having a rough time at the moment! I’ll add this to my list to do when I get a chance! 🙂 Glad you like the tattoo! I hope you’re finding time to look after yourself and heal. A
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Aww thank you, I look forward to reading it! I love it, I studied chemistry at university so it definitely appeals to me! Thank you 🙂
No worries! Let me know if you ever end up getting a serotonin tat! 😛
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What a cool tattoo! I’m a fellow tattooed depressed person and I was looking for ideas to add to or cover up my semicolon as I no longer wish to have that particular tattoo (for religious reasons – project semicolon is religious based and I am not religious at all).
I might have to consider something similar. That is really cool.
I hadn’t realised that project semicolon was a religious based campaign! I’m really glad you like mine though, really appreciate you taking the time out to drop me a comment! 🙂 If you end up getting a similar tattoo, drop me a line! I’d love to see it!