Glasgow University professor Rory O’Connor, who is involved in suicide prevention and self harm research, said: “If we look at the stereotype, this stigmatising myth that self-harm is about attention-seeking, it is not. It is about attention-needing.

The tattoo on Carly’s right arm covers the scars from self-harm and the design symbolises a new beginning from the shame she felt for years.

“I was very self-conscious about what people thought about the scars,” she says.

“It was a shock when people saw them. Some people were not very nice about it.”

Carly, who is now 25, self-harmed as a teenager when she was in care and in a “dark place”.

She says she was repeatedly denied help by doctors who said she was too young for medication but offered no other support.

“It made me feel even worse,” she says. “They thought I was doing it for attention.”

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Source: The tattoo artist covering the scars of self-harm

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By / Published On: October 14th, 2021 / Tags: , , / Categories: News, Vulnerable Adults, Working With Children /

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