People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health

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July 5, 2015

People all over the world who have struggled with addiction, suicidal thoughts, and depression are tattooing themselves with semicolons as part of an online movement.

July 5, 2015

People all over the world who have struggled with addiction, suicidal thoughts, and depression are tattooing themselves with semicolons as part of an online movement.

The idea behind the trend, known as the 'Semicolon Project', is explained on a number of blogs, websites and social media posts – "The semicolon is used when a sentence could have ended, but didn't."

I got my first tattoo. #semicolonproject #mylifeisntover pic.twitter.com/2Iywq1R6K9

 — eeeeeee (@7ebee) July 2, 2015

People are displaying semicolons on their skin, either with a tattoo or through other, non-permanent means, to show solidarity or to remind themselves of the positive changes they've made in their lives.

The movement was founded by Amy Bleuel in 2013, in tribute to her father, who killed himself.

She set up the Project Semicolon website, but the movement has spread beyond the boundaries of this group and across the internet.

The 'official' movement describes itself as a "faith-based non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury."

"Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love and inspire."


Courtesy: The Independent