There have been pictures circulating around social media that have shown people with semicolons on their wrist. However, the people with the drawings of semicolons on their body are doing a lot more than just showing off a punctuation mark. They are raising awareness about a serious issue. Amy Bluel is the founder of Project Semicolon.
She lost her father in 2003 after he committed suicide. The purpose of Project Semicolon is to restore confidence and hope in people who have suffered from self-harm, depression, addiction and suicide. This organization encourages people to draw a semicolon on their wrist. The semicolon illustrates that the difficulties that one is facing are not the end.
Amy says that she wants people who are suffering from problems like anxiety and depression to realize that they are not alone. She says that an author uses a semicolon to illustrate that the sentence could have been ended, but the author is choosing to continue the story. Amy says that the author is you, and the sentence represents your life.
Amy hopes that her non-profit organization will shed light on the seriousness of mental health issues. She also hopes that it will also help save some lives. Amy Bluel is a resident of Green Bay, Wisconsin.