Get Minimalist Tattoo Ideas Against Anxiety & Depression

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. 

And occasionally, what doesn’t kill us deserves a tattoo on our bodies, whether on the ankle, wrist or anywhere else.

Tattoos tell stories that are sometimes too difficult for us to tell. 

Here at Pearl Lemon Tattoos, we’ve made a list of popular mental health tattoo that, hopefully, encourages positivity for you. And hopefully, through these, you’ll see that things do get better.

What’s nice is you can modify, mix and match to give it your personal touch or to come up with a tattoo that will perfectly tell your story.

Interested? Set an appointment now.

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A Symbol For Your Mental Health

One can learn a lot about a person just by looking at their depression tattoos. You’ll be able to tell your story or let others know you have been through a hard time. 

Depression is quite common. And it’s okay to experience that. It doesn’t make you any less of who you are.

In fact, more than 5% of people worldwide are dealing with depression as you read this.

So, if you think getting a tattoo for your mental state is just silly, we’re telling you it’s alright. We understand that there are things better left unsaid but need to voice out.

Feel free to express yourself with a tattoo.

Ideas for Mental Health Tattoo That Can Inspire Mental Health Awareness

Some noticeable tattoo designs can represent mental health issues that perhaps need more awareness. If you still haven’t chosen a specific tattoo, consider getting one from this list.


People often get semicolons to raise awareness about suicide because they show that your story is not over. Plus, they can be used in a few ways because they are simple.

In terms of mental health, a semicolon tattoo shows solidarity with those of us who have a mental illness or have lost someone to suicide. This is a traditional and trendy tattoo for mental health. It shows that it’s not the end.

People use a semicolon to show that they are still writing their story.

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Lotus Flower

The lotus flower is a sign of enlightenment and rebirth in Eastern religions. Lotus flowers grow in mud, so many people get this design as a tattoo to show how they’ve risen above hard times and to remind themselves that they can do anything.

Red Pill, Blue Pill

If you’ve seen The Matrix, you might remember that Morpheus gave Neo a red and blue pill. He had to pick one or the other.

The red one represents the dangerous and unknown real world. On the other hand, if he takes the blue, he will go to a place where he will never know what is happening in the real world.

When he had to choose between real struggles and fake comfort, Neo chose the former. Which would you pick? The struggle pill or the comfort pill?

A Date or Time

On day one of getting better, you probably won’t feel great. Your depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental illness will continue to haunt you.

Healing is not a straight line, but time is significant. Looking back in a week or six months, you’ll be glad you took the first step. And what better reminder that you did that than having it on you in ink?

“Stay Strong”

Do you feel like you’re fragile at times? It’s okay because everyone has bad days. What matters is that we stay strong, even on bad days.

Always tell yourself that you’re strong. Get it tattooed on your skin so it will always remind you to be strong.

People sometimes choose an anchor to show that they are strong. When life gets hard, an anchor tattoo is a reminder to stay strong and not give up.

A boat won’t drift away if it has an anchor. Different people have different ideas about what anchor tattoos mean to them. It could be a way to thank family and friends for their help. Or it can be a sign of strong beliefs that won’t change. This could be a good tattoo design for you if you have something or someone that keeps you grounded.

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Wrist Tattoos

A mentally unwell person’s wrist usually carries scars, and it may feel extra empowering when you get a tattoo, an art, in place of those injuries. 

There are a series of tattoos that you can request from your tattoo artist here. You can get some phrase of affirmation that has helped you, a colourful butterfly that shows your transformation. Or, if you think you’re not yet there, a caterpillar that shows you’re thinking of getting there. 

“Be Still”

This mindful tattoo shows how important and easy it is to take a moment to calm down when you feel like you’re going crazy. 

Every time you look at your hand and see this tattoo, it reminds you to get back to basics and stop for a while to breathe. Detach yourself a little if you need to until you’re ready again.

Helping You Create Something To Show The Stories Behind Your Scars

We understand that you want a tattoo with symbols that represent your mental health journey.

Be it anxiety or depression, or whatever may feel like the worst times. We hope you know how brave you are in facing these mental health issues.

Whatever bold statements you opt to put, whatever different meanings they may have, we’ll help you get it inked.

Better days always come. Keep that in mind.

And if this is your way of therapeutic coping to make you feel happy, Pearl Lemon Tattoos will gladly help. Always remember, there is no need for you to be ashamed.

Book an appointment today.

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