A Semicolon is a Pause, Not an Ending

When I first read about Project Semicolon I really liked it’s mission. President Amy Bleuel started Project Semicolon in 2013, ten years after her father committed suicide.

“Project Semicolon means continuance”, Amy says. “In literature a author uses a semicolon when they chose not to end a sentence. You are the author and the sentence is your life. You are choosing to continue.”

The project has encouraged many affected by mental illness to get semicolon tattoos and post them to social media with the hashtags #projectsemicolon and #semicolonproject.

“Project Semicolon strives to love and encourage others with hope to continue their stories,” Amy goes on. “Despite the struggles one faces we are here to encourage continuance through love.”

Among the organization’s Visions “is that together we can achieve lower suicide rates in the US and around the world” and “together we can start a conversation about suicide, mental illness and addiction that can’t be stopped” and that “we envision love and hope and we declare that hope is alive”.

If you would like to be a part of Project Semicolon go to the website’s “Get Involved” page.

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Photo courtesy of dolly.com.

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.
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4 Responses to A Semicolon is a Pause, Not an Ending

  1. Brittany says:

    I have seen a lot about Project Semicolon lately. I think it’s a really cool idea and a great movement! I hope it gets people talking about mental health and depression.

  2. Hi Emily, I am so glad SITSGirls led me back to you – we used to communicate frequently on Twitter and that petered out. I love the semincolon project. Thank you for sharing it via your blog. xo
    Paula Kiger (Big Green Pen)´s last blog post ..Darn, My Dog is Dead

  3. mamasick says:

    I’m glad we met again too, Paula! You must be somewhere in my twitter feed!

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