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These Tattoos Aren't Only Pretty, They're Meant To Inspire People with Mental Health Issues, Too!

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Truth: Tattoos aren't just for fun's sake, they're a form of self-expression. Plus, it's undeniable that they add great style, too! But when artist Francesca Timbers was still a college senior back in 2011, she turned pretty tatts into something more meaningful—an inspiration for people who are suffering from mental health issues.

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In an interview with Huffington Post UK, Francesca shared her own battle with depression and anxiety, which motivated her to start Motivational Tattoos. "What I felt in that moment; helpless, trapped, like I was in a burning building, and this was the only way out. This is something many people have felt in some point in their lives, but considering so many people experiencing it, we hear so little about it," she said.

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Selling cute, but powerful non-permanent tattoos and stickers that remind people to just breathe when things start to go south or that everything will pass, not only do her products add an instant dose of quirk, it serves as a great reminder that first, there is absolutely nothing wrong if you're suffering from any form of mental health. Wear it on your sleeve or on your wrist, and own it. After all, acceptance is the first step to solving any problem.

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Second, mental health isn't an ugly issue that should be concealed. It should be openly talked about. That way, everyone who is having problems will know where to ask for help and people who aren't facing mental health issues will know what to do in case someone they know is having troubles.

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Lastly, it serves as a great reminder that whatever it is that you're going through, it will pass. And although it might seem hard to believe this when you're feeling down, you're more than enough to conquer them.

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The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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PRIMO.

First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

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