If you see someone walking down the street sporting their new semicolon tattoo, there’s most likely a really good reason why that is. The semicolon tattoo represents the solidarity with the ones who are struggling with mental health issues or the ones who are personally fighting their own by not giving in. This tattoo is an icon for awareness that not everyone is doing “okay”. Despite whatever you think, it’s a real issue that people fight on a daily basis.
The explanation given by the Project Semicolon fire-starters is, “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.”
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This meaning alone holds a lot of truth for a lot of individuals. This simple punctuation mark now bares the symbolism of people struggling everyday that deal with mental health issues. Project Semicolon offers love and support to anyone who is suffering from depression, addiction, suicide, and self-injury. They encourage anyone who’s suffering to see the various people who are willing to support and love them for who they are as well as to help them fight against their issues.
The vision is that, for the first time, people feel what real love is.
The vision is that people see the value in their story.
The vision is that suicide is no longer an option to be considered.
The vision is that everyone loves one another regardless of the label they wear.
The vision is to reduce suicide rates in America and around the world.
The vision is that drugs and alcohol are no longer an escape to be used.
The vision is that blades are put down.
The vision is that for the first time steps are taken towards recovery.
The vision is that society no longer pushes mental illness, suicide, addiction and self-injury under the rug.
The vision is that for the first time conversations are being started.
The vision is that everyone comes together as a community and stands together in support of one another.
The vision is hope, and hope is alive.
The vision is LOVE.
You are not alone. Your story isn’t over yet.
~ Amy Bleuel, Founder & President of Project Semicolon
It’s time to fight back! You never have to do it alone.