You may have noticed your friends posting, liking or sharing photos of semi colon tattoos on social media; the reason as to why they are sharing this is really quite moving. The Semicolon Project is an organisation raising awareness of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide by encouraging people to draw semicolons on their wrists. The project is for everyone who self-harms, is suicidal, depressed, has anxiety, is unhappy, going through a broken heart, or lost a loved one. Some have drawn a semi colon on their wrists with pen, but others have gone all out and have had it tattooed on them. The projects website explains why:
“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.”
Your sentence may be gloomy and tragic as it opens but you can always end it with the famous line, “and I lived happily ever after.” After all, it’s always up to you if you’re going to end it tragically, or happily. Join the fight and stand up for YOU or anyone you know who has depression, anxiety, has self harmed or has contemplated suicide and help our peers, our friends and our family know that we speak up for them and that we stand up against Mental Health and the stigma that’s attached to it.