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Man sets up mental health support app inspired by girlfriend

The former tattoo artist from Aston Clinton wanted to create something to educate & change attitudes.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:39am 8th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Man sets up mental health support app inspired by girlfriend

A tattoo artist from Aston Clinton has sold his studio and today starts up an app focused on mental health, inspired by his girlfriend's struggles.

Ben Fitzgerald wanted to educate himself after watching his partner deal with OCD and that lead to putting together KindCody.

He told us:

"We had points in our relationship where her mental health got so low, she felt empty and couldn't see a way through it.

"When you reach these low points in your life, if you are fortunate to have someone to listen and offer you the correct guidance and support, you can begin to turn your life around."

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Ben founded Sons of Ink, a tattoo studio in Tring around 3 years ago and says he was lucky enough to meet his now fiancé.

Ellen is also a tattoo artist with amazing talent and 'she lights up every room with her smile'. 

But she suffers severely from OCD which brings out depression and anxiety.

After living with her for 8 months, Ben began to see a different side to Ellen and on his 27th birthday things got to almost breaking point for her.

Fortunately Ben was there at the time and they got through it together.

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Ben said:

"Through watching Ellen and seeing how strong she was through her lowest days, I was able to see that things can improve.

"This is the foundation of the KindCody platform."

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From that day Ben made it a conscious effort to learn about her and her mental health but it wasn't enough.

He believed he could do more and knew the best side of her was worth working hard to get back, so he sold the tattoo studio and put everything into building a platform to help people going through a similar situation improve their mental wellbeing and get to where they want to be.

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Today the app officially goes live, with classes and counselling part of that.

Ben added:

"I believe wholeheartedly that if we can educate people from a younger age, then removing the stigma and makign mental health care more accessible will be better for all of our futures."

You can find out more here.

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