These Beautiful Semicolon Tattoos Are Becoming Viral In Support of Mental Illness Awareness

Find out the meaning behind this new trend…

Choosing a tattoo design is always a big decision. The choice is always personal and meaningful, as people often want to get tattoos that really mean something special to them. You might have noticed the trend of the semicolon tattoo, which is done specifically to raise awareness about mental illness. Well, the trend all started with Amy Bluel.

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When Bluel tragically lost her father after he committed suicide, she wanted to honor him in a unique way, and not just with a tattoo, but by helping raise awareness about mental illness. She founded Project Semicolon in what has become a sort of movement “dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury.” Followers of this movement like to tattoo a semicolon on their arms or body to serve as a reminder for the sufferer to believe in themselves.

The semicolon signifies a punctuation mark that embodies the idea Bluel is trying to get across. Amy said, “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.”

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via Facebook / Project Semicolon