A total of 81 people get inked to raise £1,620 for mental health charity Mind
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People turned out in force to show support for a tattoo day that raised £1,620 for mental health charity Mind.
Three tattoo artists worked for nine hours at Grey Area in March to give 81 customers a semi colon tattoo, the symbol of support for mental health,
The semi colon tattoo is a growing trend and used when a sentence could come to an end, but instead continues, to symbolise that life doesn’t not have to come to an end.
Stacey O’Hara, manager of Grey Area, said; “Sadly, in this town we have had a few lives gone too soon. Most of us know somebody who suffers with their mental health. It is a really great charity and we wanted to show our support.
“We are really pleased with the amount raised. It seemed to hit a nerve and we saw a lot of people who wouldn’t normally consider begin tattooed coming along to show their support.”
The High Street shop charged £30 with £20 from each tattoo going to MIND.
A Mind spokesman said: “We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.”
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The charity, which has been running for more than 60 years, supports more than 400,000 people across England and Wales. Their services includes supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.