You may or may not have seen these drawings and tattoos of semicolons while browsing one of your social media feeds.
But these tattoos and drawings aren’t celebrating a punctuation mark; they actually have a deeper symbolism.
Just ask Green Bay, Wisconsin resident, Amy Bluel.
According to the Huffington Post, in 2013, Bluel tragically lost her father to suicide. She wanted to honor her father as well as raise awareness for mental health issues.
So she founded a non-profit organization named 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 encourages these people to draw or tattoo a semicolon on their wrist.
The semicolon symbolizes that the difficulties they face are not the end but a new beginning.
The symbolism of the semicolon is explained on Project Semicolon’s website,
“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 the country, and save some lives in the process.