A henna artist from Dublin has spoken about how decorating her body helped her to deal with self-harm scars.

Gráinne Jones, from Irish Henna in Temple Bar, struggled with depression as a teenager.

While she was in hospital she began drawing on herself in a bid to stop herself self-harming.

"I was able to focus on something else and focus on putting a beautiful thing onto my body rather than destroying my body," she said.

The 22-year-old's Instagram page, 'Irish Henna', now boasts more than 15,000 followers.

"I can get out of bed in the morning now because I have something to do. I have henna to do. It's what keeps me well. It's what keeps me healthy in that moment," she said.


If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article there are a number of support services available.