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10 Meaningful Mental Health Tattoos That Will Inspire You To Keep Moving Forward

Your difficulties do not define you.
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Getting a tattoo can have different meanings for a lot of people. For some people, it's a way of honoring a special person in their life, and for others, it helps them symbolize their individuality. It can also be a representation of how they conquered a big hurdle in their life.

Many people have also started getting inked to help raise awareness about their mental health and remove the stigma around illnesses. Choosing to have them permanently on your body shows ownership—you choose to not let your difficulties define you. It can also be a great way to remind yourself to never give up.

If you're interested, here are 10 meaningful designs that will inspire you to keep moving forward:

A semicolon represents the power to continue your story, even when you think it's over—much like how this punctuation mark is used in sentences.

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An arrow can only go *forward* by being pulled back, and that can be applied to our hardships in life, too.

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If you want a unique design, why not go for the chemical structure of serotonin, aka the "happy chemical"?

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Butterflies represent hope and change.

When things get too overwhelming at times, remember to just breathe.

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A friendly reminder that everyone needs to hear once in a while.

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Sunflowers symbolize happiness, joy, and warmth.

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Taking care of yourself should be a priority.

When things feel bleak again, here's a reminder to be brave.

Doves signify new beginnings.

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