PROJECT SEMI-COLON

I’m almost sure you will have seen the semi-colon symbol somewhere on social media. Jewellery, drawings and even tattoos. So, if you don’t already know, this is what it’s all about…  

Project Semi-Colon was founded in 2013 by a lady named Amy Bleuel. Unfortunately she had personal experiences of bullying, suicide, self-harm, addiction, abuse and rape- but was extremely empowered to use her strength and courage to make a difference to other people. She did this by the creation of ‘Project Semi-Colon’. This non-profit organisation has dedicated time and effort into suicide prevention through public awareness and education. Increasing knowledge and understanding makes people aware that everyone has a role to play when it comes to suicide prevention and supporting those experiencing a mental illness.

 

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But, why a semi-colon? Well, a semi-colon is placed in the middle of a sentence when it could have ended but it has continued. If we use this analogy for a life, it represents continuity. You are the author and you are choosing to use a semi-colon. You are choosing to continue. Life isn’t over yet. So in reply to everyone asking what the tattoo on my wrist represents- now you know.

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Approximately 800,000 people die by suicide each year worldwide. I have known about this project for multiple years now but, only today whilst writing this post, have I been informed of a tragedy. Amy Bleuel, such an amazing and inspiring woman, died this year from suicide at the age of 31. She is a pioneer for the cause & has done so much regarding reducing stigma and raising awareness but it’s not over. We need to keep talking!

If you’d like to read more about this project and how to get involved, visit the official website by clicking here. It is an amazing resource for education and understanding all aspects of mental health- including warning signs and how you can help.

Thanks for reading!

Kayleigh Rose x

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45 thoughts on “PROJECT SEMI-COLON

  1. As someone who advocates for mental health and has had her own struggles with anxiety, depression and PTSD, I understand how difficult it can be to live our lives with positivity in our hearts. I really commend this project ‘semi colon’ and while I am saddened that the founder took her own life earlier this year, it is my hope that we can continue to help others who might be experiencing the same issues. Beautifully written x

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  2. Just over two years ago, the love of my life took his own life. Even after he helped me through my dark times and my many attempts. It ruins my soul every single day to think he’s gone. The semi-colon project is so important. So incredibly relevant to people today. We live in a society that doesn’t allow us to be ourselves without some sort of backlash. But the story will go on. Your story will go on.
    Beautiful piece. X

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    1. I’m sorry to hear that and thanks for sharing such a personal story. It’s important for people to know it doesn’t just happen to strangers or on films. It’s real and we can help to do something about it. Thank you very much Lily xxx

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  3. You want to reduce the “stigma” of suicide? Quit labeling it as “tragic” and “sad”. Instead,try looking at life through Amy’s eyes.
    The fact she wanted to die and had the courage to exercise her free will do so in order to keep living in a world where she was always in pain should be considered. If you really think life is always worth living,then you have not experienced life at all.

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    1. I think anyone, even those who have taken their own life, would think of the situation as devastating to think the only way out is to do so.

      I hope you haven’t taken offence to this post. X

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  4. I didn’t know about this project but thank you for bringing it to my attention. I love the sentiment behind the semi colon and now will know what it means. My dad committed suicide when I was 13. I will never know what might have been otherwise. It’s saddened me to hear of Amy’s death. There’s some amazing work being done to raise awareness and reduce stigma. It’s 25 years since my dad died at age 37. How I wish there had been more help for him back then. Even now, there is so much work to be done. I agree, we need to keep talking!

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear that and again, thank you for sharing a personal story. It is important for people to know that it could be friends and family that are really struggling. Support and awareness has got so much better but I completely agree, we still have so far to go! 💕 x

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  5. I remember seeing this pop up here and there a while ago, but had no idea what it meant until I googled it. One of my friends has a similar tattoo too, so I’m glad I know what it meant to avoid any awkward questions. I think the symbol has become a beautiful message and positive way to raise awareness to these issues.

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  6. My best friend has this tattooed on her alongside initials in memory of her partner who commit suicide a few years back and I do think people need to be more aware of what the project semicolon is x

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  7. I love this project and promised myself I would have the semi colon tattoo at some point to mark my own battle with mental health, I just haven’t gotten round to it yet. Maybe 2018 is the year I do it. Great post.

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    1. Thank you! I was in the exact same position and got the tattoo a few months ago. It sends a positive message every single day when I see it on my wrist xx

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  8. It seems like the semi colon project has resonated with so many people, I have to admit for me it didn’t and I found TWLOHA did more but that’s the thing it’s such a personal journey something that touches people in different ways it is good there are different ways of helping and reaching out and accepting for everyone.

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  9. I’d heard of this project, and the sad loss of its founder, recently too. Might I recommend, for folk living in Scotland, the free NHS Breathing Space telephone line for anyone needing to talk about their depression, stress or anxiety?

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    1. Of course! I haven’t heard of this but YES! Recommend away! That sounds like a fab campaign that I am going to research. Thanks 100x for that x

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