The semicolon tattoo is popping up everywhere.
Is it a trend, a phase, or random occurrence? Is it a “muppie” hobbie – or merely an outward expression of one’s love for punctuation?
It’s neither. The semicolon tattoo represents mental health struggles and the importance of suicide prevention. The project is a movement of ideas, people, ink, needles, and skin that all hope to raise awareness about the discussion of mental illness.
Project Semicolon was birthed from a social movement in 2013 that has a mission dedicated to hope and inspiration:
Presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction, and self-injury. Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love, and inspire.
The meaning behind the semicolon itself is a gripping reminder of the necessity for this sort of awareness:
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.
The Semicolon project was initially created as a day to encourage the drawing of the item on their body to then be photographed and posted onto social media. The phenomena rapidly became much more “permanent” and thousands all over the world have begun to mark themselves in support.
Over 43 million Americans deal with a mental illness each year. While it’s not uncommon, there’s been a long standing stigma and barrier to it’s open discussion. The Semicolon project has gone a long way towards changing this reality. Do your part by spreading the word.
Image Credit: Project Semicolon