A semicolon is a punctuation mark used by authors in a sentence that could have ended with a period but progressed into another idea instead.
This is why people suffering from depression, addiction, self-injury, or suicidal thoughts chose to use the symbol as a metaphor for the moment when a person contemplates on the possibility of suicide but still managed to convince himself to brave through what life gives him—just like ending a chapter, yet the story continues into another one.
Project Semicolon, founded by Amy Bleuel, commenced to convince people to mark a “;” on their body to support and acknowledge the existence of serious mental health issues. As its reach across the globe widens, many have inked the semicolon mark permanently in their bodies.
One woman opted to tattoo a semicolon on her foot.
The Semicolon Project persuades people to mark their body with semi-colon tattoo, either permanently or temporarily, to break down the barriers that were barricaded against mental illness.
“A semicolon as a promise to never end my own sentence,” Twitter user @mckailie tweeted.
Now the punctuation mark is not only used to separate independent clauses, but it also has been adopted by campaigners to raise awareness and help fight over depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicide.
“The heart to remind me that I am loved by God, and the semicolon to remind me that this may be hard but to keep going,” a Twitter user captioned on the image of her wrist.
A lady from Iowa tweeted her semicolon tattoo.
Supporters of the Semicolon Project have already had tattoos on parts of their body.
One lady even used a marker pen to draw a semicolon on her nail.
A mental health advocate from London preferred colored ink.
To this day, Project Semicolon has more than 22,000 likes on Facebook, gaining more supporters every day.
Most people have put the semicolon on their wrists.