Project Semicolon began in 2013 and is dedicated to providing hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury. Their mission is to inspire those who self-harm, or are considering suicide, to choose a better alternative—for themselves and for their loved ones.
Why a semicolon?
A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.
The semicolon tattoo represents solidarity with those struggling with mental health issues, or a reminder to those who are winning their own personal struggles every day, when they choose not to give in.
Elephant Journal says: In April 2013 founder, Amy Bleuel, posted a request on Twitter encouraging others to draw semicolons on their wrists on April 16th to break their silence about their struggles with mental illness. Bleuel, whose father died by suicide in 2003, has had her own struggles with mental illness, self-harm and suicide attempts. So she lives with a keen awareness of the importance of choosing to stick with life.