How Keisha’s Struggle With Her Mental Health Led to a Tattoo of Her Eye: VIDEO

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Every tattoo has a story. Throughout May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ll be highlighting tattoo stories that are rooted in—or pay homage to—an individual’s mental health journey. First up, meet Keisha and find out how her tattoo helps her remember that her actions as an individual also affect her loved ones.

To back up, Keisha was diagnosed with PDD (Persistent Depressive Disorder) only a few months ago, but has lived with it for the last ten years of her life. But several years prior to receiving her diagnosis, she was hospitalized for a suicide attempt. Despite recovering, this was an extremely traumatic not only for Keisha but one that also changed how she saw the people and the world around her. Specifically, she was able to recognize how her actions affected those who loved her most. What Keisha also learned, though, was that she had a support group of friends and family around her that loved her unconditionally.

Therefore, a year after her suicide attempt, she decided to memorialize that day with a tattoo of her eye on the back of her left arm, which served as a reminder that she would never have to—nor will ever—make a decision akin to that again.

Watch the video below to check out Keisha’s story now.

Thinking about getting a tattoo? Make sure you read up on these 13 key things-to-know so that you feel confident when deciding to commit.  If you’re still wavering on your exact design choice or placement, consider test driving the tattoo with Inkbox. Browse inkbox’s 2,500+ catalog designs created by artists around the world or use the custom platform to create any fresh design you have in mind. All of Inkbox’s tattoos look like permanent tattoos, but only last for one to two weeks, so they give you a chance to live with your prospective tattoo and placement of choice to see if it’s the right fit for you. Just a heads up, Inside Out is powered by the folks at Inkbox. It’s all part of our shared mission to empower you to tell your unique story, be it for now or forever.

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