If you see someone with a semicolon on their body, here's what it really means
You may or may not have seen these drawings and tattoos of semicolons while browsing one of your social media feeds, but they contain a deeper meaning than you may think.
Amy Bluel of Green Bay, Wisconsin lost her father to suicide in 2013. She wanted to honor her father as well as raise awareness for mental health issues by starting the non-profit organization Project Semicolon. The goal of the project is to restore hope and confidence in people who are troubled by addiction, depression,self-harm, and suicide.
The non-profit organization encourages people to draw or tattoo a semicolon on their wrist, symbolizing the difficulties they face are not the end but a new beginning.
"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.
By encouraging people to share their marks and stories, Project Semicolon seeks to instill hope and open up a dialogue about mental health. People suffering from these issues don't have to feel alone because there are thousands of people out there with similar struggles - their own semicolons.
Hopefully this campaign of semicolons will shed light on an issue that has been plaguing many people and save some lives in the process.