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.
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.
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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