Brave Teen Makes Incredible Art Instead Of Self-Harming

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"Painting is what has helped me realize that there are far less destructive methods of coping than self-harm," college student Amelia Hall said to Metro.

If you're one of the millions who suffer from depression or anxiety, you know that thoughts of self-harm (or worse) can come with the territory.

Teen Amelia Hall, who has anxiety and depression, is no stranger to this  but she's learning how to handle the mental burden in a healthy way, Metro reports

The University of Manchester student painted Van Gogh's "Cafe Terrace At Night" on her thigh and posted it to Twitter with the caption, "Today has been the worst day in a long time, but I recreated a beautiful painting on my leg instead of self-harming.

Her account is now private, but while it was still public, the photo went viral.

"I never expected my painting to get so much attention," Hall said to Metro. "Usually when I post my art, it gets between 50 and 100 likes, so for this to have over 3,000 now is incredible."

Since posting, Hall has received an influx of encouraging messages.

"Everyone is being so supportive, and I've had many messages from people telling me what I've done is inspiring, which is wonderful because by posting it I wanted to try and help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health," she said.

Speaking on why she paints, Hall said art is beautiful.

"I decided to recreate Van Gogh’s painting on my leg because painting is what has helped me realize that there are far less destructive methods of coping than self-harm," she said, "and that nothing is worth hurting yourself over."

If you're dealing with something similar, text "GO" to 741741, which will connect you with a trained crisis counselor for help. The hotline is free, confidential, and open anytime, day or night.

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