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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