If you are a person that admires a story behind a tattoo and even got a few yourself, then you will love the way in which the new models are sharing emotions and hope through semicolons.
A semicolon nowadays, does not anymore have the same meaning and significance as it once did. Now, a semicolon is no longer just a punctuation mark. Being entirely dedicated to all those that are fighting against depression and are constantly struggling with suicidal attempts, today, a semicolon tattoo has the role of providing people with the hope and affection they need.
Among piercings, died hair and fancy clothes, tattoos have always managed to reach the heart of both teenagers and adults all over the world. It has always been one of the most outstanding methods through which people can express themselves, their true nature and who they really are as people.
From many perspectives, a semicolon stands for something more profound, it stands for a social cause, a symbol which is slowly making its way across the world; and that is the issue of mental health awareness. Being part of a worldwide initiative, semicolons can now speak in the name of all people who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.
Having been started by a non- profit organization entitled Project Semicolon, its founder Amy Bleuel, first came up with this idea in 2003, after her father decided to take his own life due to the same struggles that many more are still facing nowadays.
News has it, that she highly encourages all people who suffer from a mental disability, to not feel ashamed, but in fact, to embrace and acknowledge it without feeling as outcasts of society.
According to the projects’ main website, a semicolon was used only when ‘an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to’. Only by looking behind the lines can one understand the real message. Therefore, by using a semicolon, one chooses to spread the idea that giving up on life has no point.
Although the project was originally initiated in 2013, it just recently begun to attract worldwide attention. Within each and every semicolon tattoo, a hidden story is embedded. Even social medias such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many more, have decided to rally along and continue to raise awareness and fight against depression. A statement has also been issued towards all people that have lost faith in life, hoping that the message will manage to reach them in time.
Truth is, semicolon tattoos are everywhere. Semicolons are a symbol of faith which brings people strength and courage to go on with their lives, no matter the level of trauma that they have faced. Remember, you are not alone and that you should not feel scared.
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