Project Semicolon is a global movement started in April 2013 that helps people struggling with suicide, mental illness, depression, etc. In writing it shows that the author could have ended their sentence but chose not to. In life, it means it’s not the end of the story.
This project was started by Amy Bleuel. She wanted to honor her father whom she lost to suicide. Ever since, Project Semicolon has impacted and evolved around the world to support people struggling and to bring messages of hope.
“I think the semicolon tattoo is a strong statement someone makes,” senior Annette Vazquez said when asked her opinion on the semicolon tattoo. “It serves as a reminder of what happened in their own case, and shows how strong they were to overcome it.”
People around the world started to share their own stories when Amy Bleuel shared hers in an interview. In the interview, she said she wanted to inspire people to tell their stories because she wants everyone to know that they aren’t alone.
“My advice would be: There are going to be days where life seems like it’s running you over and it’s okay to want to stay in be a little longer on those days,” junior Evette Gallardo stated. “But you can’t let your depression sit in the driver’s seat of your life. I know it’s comfortable and it may be the only thing you’re used to, but you’ve got to start taking YOUR life back.”
People who struggle with self-harm, depression, mental illness, suicide have multiple ways to express their troubles, to show what they are going through. For example, a movement related to Project Semicolon is The Heart Project.
“I like the semicolon tattoo, I think it creates a bond between people because it shows that you aren’t alone, there are others that understand you,” sophomore Gysselle Torres said. “Don’t be afraid to reach out.”
“The semicolon helped me realize that pain is temporary and dying is permanent.” Rosemary Gonzalez said, “It’s going to be my first tattoo when I’m older because it has inspired me.”