Your story isn’t over: the semicolon tattoo project

People all over the world are getting inked to raise public awareness of depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.


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The Semicolon Project is a movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those suffering. The symbol of the semicolon is at the heart of the project because of what it represents. A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but then chose not to. According to the project, “the author is you and the sentence is your life.”


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Those who have dealt with addiction or depression are now tattooing themselves with the symbol as part of a huge online movement and mark their own situation, struggle or positive change.

The original project was founded by Amy Bleuel in 2013, in tribute to her father, who killed himself. Read more on the website about how it all started, future plans, and how you can get involved.

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