Founder of Project Semicolon Inc., Amy Bleuel, began the initiative to honour her father who died by suicide, as well as to tell her own story of mental health challenges and her will to carry on. As the project's website explains, "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." Bleuel hopes that whether drawn on or tattooed for life, the semicolon not only serves as a sign of hope and an affirmation that we have the power to move forward, but helps encourage discussion around mental health and creates a sense of community and positivity for those affected by mental illness and their loved ones.
"Project Semicolon (The Semicolon Project) is 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."
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