Mental Illness Awareness and their Symbols

Mental Illness Awareness and their Symbols

Mental Illness as a whole is not a good situation. Due to this, people who have struggled with it, have made symbols. These symbols are things that can be worn as tattoos, it’s a reminder that they can get through it. It helps them remember that they are still there despite the odds of everything against them.
Until I started researching I didn’t know that there is a specific week dedicated to Mental Illness. Like October 2nd-October 8th. I know it’s a little late/early depending on how you look at this situation. However, there are also months that are dedicated to this. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month, July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, May has both Mental Health Awareness Month, and National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – is on May 7th. Not many people know about these dates, including myself.
Every day, week, month dedicated to things is so important. Especially stuff for Mental Health/Illness Awareness. There are so many families out there that have lost people important to them because of mental illnesses and it is important to be aware about days that we can help out. There are estimated to be 8 million deaths a year due to mental illness. 8 million people a year. These estimates suggest that mental disorders rank among the most substantial causes of death worldwide. These deaths are so important for us to learn and change from. To change the way we approach these people. They need help and love and reassurance. And, not many of them get that.
Some symbols that people have adopted for mental illness are the ‘semicolon’ tattoo. ‘Semicolon tattoos were inspired by Project Semicolon – a nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention. A semicolon is used by writers when they choose not to end a sentence, and a semicolon tattoo is used to remind someone that their story isn’t over. Over time, the semicolon has been used to represent mental health awareness, including anxiety.’
The worldwide symbol, the green ribbon, is just the international symbol for mental health.
A lotus flower, ‘In Eastern religions, the lotus flower is a symbol of enlightenment and rebirth. Lotus flowers grow in deep mud, so many people choose it as a tattoo design to symbolize how they’ve risen from hardship, and as a reminder that they can overcome anything.’
A butterfly, ‘Butterfly tattoos are often used to symbolize beauty and transformation. The metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly is gruesome, much like the transformation that occurs when going through something challenging in your life. The butterfly tattoo is sometimes used as a reminder that while change is messy, it makes us stronger and more beautiful.’
And, finally an anchor, ‘Anchor tattoos serve as a reminder to stay strong and never sink when life gets hard.’
All of these symbols are so important to everybody involved with them and they should be there for the information of others. To inform others of what people have been through and maybe even how to help those people struggling.