You may have noticed that there are lots of pictures of people with semi-colon tattoos on their wrists popping up on social media. When I first saw this new trend, I was very confused. However, my heart broke when I found out the truth behind it…
This viral trend was started by Amy Bluel of Green Bay, Wisconsin, who tragically lost her father to suicide in 2013. After his death, she decided to raise suicide awareness and honor her father by starting the non-profit Project Semicolon, whose goal is to promote a discussion of mental illness. Project Semicolon strives to give hope to people who struggle with addictions, depression, suicide, and self-harm.
Bluel’s organization also encourages people to either draw a tattoo or semi-colon on their wrists to symbolize the struggles they have been through.
“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,” Project Semicolon wrote on it’s website.
In the end, Project Semicolon is trying to make sure that people who suffer from these mental issues know that they are not alone. We support this organization, and we’re praying for everyone who has been affected by mental illness!